Evelyn Hofer was working as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar when she began to make portraits of cities in pictures and words, collaborating with authors on a series of books. Dublin: A Portrait, published in 1967 and authored with V. S. Pritchett, featured Hofer’s distinct style of photography, mixing portraiture with city views and landscapes. Offering a subjective vision of documentary photography, her work rests somewhere between a taxonomic portrait of society by photographers such as August Sander and the quick, candid snapshots of everyday life by photographers such as William Eggleston. Hofer worked with a large-format camera to carefully compose pictures in both black-and-white and color, one of the first to adopt color film outside the realm of commercial photography since its invention. She photographed her subjects where she found them, but posed them with a still, quiet introspection with an air of timelessness.

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Evelyn Hofer, American, born Germany, 1922–2009
The Coombe - Girl with Bicycle
Dye imbibition print
Image: 13 5/16 × 10 5/16 in. (33.8 × 26.2 cm) Sheet: 16 7/8 × 13 15/16 in. (42.9 × 35.4 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Prospero Foundation

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

The artist; purchased by MFAH, 1983.