Evelyn Hofer

German-American, 1922-2009

Evelyn Hofer was born in Germany in 1922. When Hofer was eleven, her family fled to Geneva to escape the Nazis; she subsequently lived in Spain, France, Mexico, and New York. In New York, she worked at Harper’s Bazaar, befriended Alexey Brodovitch, Richard Lindner, and Saul Steinberg, and began to develop her photographic technique, which involved a four-by-five inch view camera that required patience and skill. At the modest, quiet height of her fame, the chief art critic at The New York Times hailed her “quality for pure observation” and her “serene indifference to the accidental, the sordid, the trashy and the vulgar.”