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Evelyn Hofer, 1922-2009


Portrait and landscape photographer Evelyn Hofer, best known for her travel photography in the 1950s and 1960s, died in November 2009 at the age of 87.

Born in Germany in 1922, Hofer moved with her family to Mexico during World War II and to New York after the war ended. Hofer also spent time in Zurich, where she completed an apprenticeship and began a career as a fashion photographer.

She did not spend much time in fashion, however, preferring a more documentary portraiture style. She later collaborated on several books, including “The Stones of Florence” with Mary McCarthy; “London Perceived,” “New York Proclaimed” and “Dublin: A Portrait,” all with V.S. Pritchett;

“The Presence of Spain” with James Morris; and “Emerson in Italy” with Evelyn Barish.

Spending most of her time traveling between New York and Mexico, Hofer captured many images of the people she saw around her and depicted moods in relation to the colors and the weather she saw.

Before her death, Hofer completed a series of portraits from the Basque country in Spain and the village of Soglio in Switzerland.