The exhibition ‘Begegnungen mit der Kamera’ (Encounters with the Camera) with works by Evelyn Hofer opens at the Museum of Modern Art in Passau on 19 July 2019, continuing until 27 October 2019.
The German-born photographer Evelyn Hofer (1922–2009) moved to Switzerland in 1933; in 1942 she emigrated to Mexico, before settling in New York City in 1946. This is where she created a body of work that was both a continuation of August Sanders’ visual language, and a precursor to the colour photographs of William Eggleston. A critic for the New York Times once described Hofer as “the most famous unknown photographer in America” – a title she did not dispute.
Evelyn Hofer pursued a broad spectrum of genres – creating photo essays for magazines such as Vogue, New York Times Magazine and GEO, as well as capturing city views, artist portraits, architectural, landscape and interior photographs. Many of her portraits featured men, women and children from a diverse range of social backgrounds. From the 1990s onwards, Hofer increasingly focused on still lifes: these later works, depicting artfully arranged objects and fruit before velvety, dark backdrops, bring to mind classic 17th-century still-life paintings.
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