»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 exhibition is accompanied by a concert and reading (in German) on Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7 pm.
Musicians Christiane Gerhardt (Viola) and Matthew Jones (Theorbo) have prepared a program with baroque music from France and Italy. Inbetween Heide Springer will read passages from the text “Evelyn Hofer about Evelyn Hofer”.
Free admission / donations for the musicians are welcome.
Editor’s note #2:
PiB also had the pleasure to recently interview Heide Springer. The #PiBinterview Nº3 in the series »7 questions for…« can be read on the Hatje Cantz fotoblog, where PiB is guest-blogging during January 2018. (The interview’s only available in German though, apologies for that)