»Cities, Interiors, Still Lifes«
Photographs 1962 – 1997
Evelyn Hofer has been working as a photographer since the mid-1940s. Her work is inextricably bound up with the books she illustrated in the late 1950s and 1960s for acclaimed authors such as Mary McCarthy and V.S. Pritchett, unforgettably evoking the atmosphere of Florence, London, Spain, New York, Washington, Dublin, etc.
Her photographs are also well-known from magazines such as Life, the London Times Magazine and the New York Times Magazine. And yet, she is still “the most famous ‘unknown’ photographer in America.”
She has distinguished herself as a photographer of architecture, interiors, landscapes, but also for her sensitive still lifes and portraits. She is uncompromising in her commitment to honesty and directness in her pictures, exhibiting a deep empathy and understanding that allows her to bring out the innate beauty in her subjects. One senses that she takes plenty of time to get to know her subject before taking up her camera. This means for her to apprehend the underlying nature of her subject. Until she has discovered just what that is, she is not ready to take the picture. Recording the essential, the unchanging is her goal.
The PiB Guide Nº16 | Jan/Feb 2018 © PiB.
COVER PHOTO: Hommage à Zurbarán (Still Life No. 6), New York, 1997, Dye Transfer, 37,2 x 53,5 cm © Evelyn Hofer, Estate Evelyn Hofer; Exhibition at Galerie Springer Berlin
The »PiB Guide«
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