Published by Steidl/Galerie m, Bochum. Edited by Susanne Breidenbach.
German-American photographer Evelyn Hofer (1922–2009) routinely spent several months in the cities she photographed for her books of the 1950s and ’60s, published with renowned authors such as Mary McCarthy and V.S. Pritchett. In titles such as New York Proclaimed (1965) and Dublin, A Portrait (1967), Hofer combines portraiture, city and country views, still lifes and larger interior shots to create complex images of these metropolises. From this perspective, Begegnungen / Encounters explores the idea of the “portrait” throughout Hofer’s oeuvre, in series on New York, Dublin and Washington; images of artists and their studios; selected photo-essays for magazines; the extended projects People of Soglio and Basque People; as well as previously unseen New York photos of Marlene Dietrich’s home and Andy Warhol’s Factory.
Published by Steidl. Edited by Andreas Pauly, Sabine Schmid. Text by John Haskell.
The starting point for this publication is the 1965 book New York Proclaimed, which features an in-depth essay by V.
S. Pritchett and photos by Evelyn Hofer (1922–2009), and which enjoyed great popularity upon its original publication. New York Proclaimed is an example of Hofer’s perhaps most important body of work, her city portrait collections: books that present comprehensive prose texts by renowned authors alongside her self-contained visual essays with their own narratives.
This newly conceived New York focuses on Hofer’s photos of the 1960s as well as previously unpublished images from the early 1970s. In Hofer’s photos of the street and (semi-) public spaces, people and architecture become symbols of a particular time and place.
New York contains a new essay by John Haskell that posits possible stories behind Hofer’s photos and draws connections between images taken over the course of ten years.