Research – Evelyn Hofer

I found a book on Evelyn Hofer in the library and after reading and looking through the images I decided I wanted to do some more research into her.

Evelyn Hofer was born in Germany in 1922 and died in 2009 in Mexico City. She fled Nazi Germany to Switzerland with her family when she was eleven. She decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a photographer and started an apprenticeship at the Studio Bettina and took lessons with Hans Finsler, who was known as one of the pioneers of the ‘New Objectivity’ movement.

Hofer was one of the first fine art photographers to adopt the use of colour film, beginning in the 1960’s. The printing and dye transfer was complicated and yet she carried it out as a regular practice. Throughout her career she used both colour and black and white film, depending on what was most suitable for the image she was shooting.SHe shot with a 4×5 inch viewfinder camera and would always shoot her subjects in the location she found them in. Her photographs are described as ‘carefully composed scenes with a still, timeless aura’.

“Hofer used extraordinary patience to slow the world down, examine its conditions, and capture the exact image that she envisioned, searching for an “inside value, some interior respect” in the people she photographed.”

All of this information has been taken from her website:



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