Evelyn Hofer

Fri 23 Jun 2023 - Sun 24 Sep 2023

"Scintillating...a rich display of quirky, characterful images." - The Daily Telegraph

Colour photograph of a young girl standing with a large bicycle, looking directly at the camera. There is a street scene behind her and a small dog on the corner of the street in the background

Evelyn Hofer

Fri 23 Jun 2023 - Sun 24 Sep 2023

"Scintillating...a rich display of quirky, characterful images." - The Daily Telegraph

This event is part of our Past Programme

Evelyn Hofer at The Photographers' Gallery is the first UK solo exhibition of the German-American photographer Evelyn Hofer (1922-2009).

Discover Hofer’s characteristically considered, large-format portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, still lifes and domestic interiors, many of which demonstrate her preference for the complex colour dye transfer process.

New York Times art critic Hilton Kramer described Hofer as ‘the most famous unknown photographer in America’. A description that still rings true today.

From black and white portraits in London and Wales to the vibrant colour of street and park life in New York and Washington, Hofer shot in colour and black and white throughout her career, depending on which she thought right for her subjects. With a keen sense of class structure, her portraits give equal measure to her subjects; from a waitress at the Garrick Club in London and gravediggers in Dublin, to the uniformed Joint Chiefs in Washington's corridors of power.


...slow, considered and tenderly human photography.

- Time Out
Four men stood in a row in a football field dressed in 1960s football kits

Phoenix Park on a Sunday, Dublin, 1966

The forthcoming exhibition makes clear that Hofer was a formally brilliant photographer of people, places, environments and objects.

- Sean O'Hagan

I don’t like to spy on people…I respect them and I want them to respect what we are doing together.

Evelyn Hofer

Imbued with a sense of timelessness, Hofer's work contrasted with the ‘shoot-from-the-hip’ style of contemporaries such as Robert Frank and William Klein.

This major retrospective spans 45 years of image-making, featuring over 110 black and white and colour images, as well as ephemera and books.

Evelyn Hofer is produced in collaboration with Galerie m, Bochum, Germany and the Estate of Evelyn Hofer.

Supported by Simon Blakey

Black and white photograph of a woman with short hair and glasses

Who is Evelyn Hofer?

Described as ‘a photographer’s photographer’ it seems much of the world is yet to discover Evelyn Hofer.  

From her early life and photography career to her work in major global cities, and publications, Hofer’s quiet attention to detail and expressive use of colour would go on to influence many contemporary photographers. 

Find out more about the woman behind the photographs.

Read more about Evelyn Hofer
Colour photograph of an Evelyn Hofer book cover titled 'Eyes on the city' with a colour picture of a young man on a bicycle infront of a bridge in New York

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Eyes on the City accompanies Hofer’s first major museum exhibition in the United States in over 50 years and is organised around her photobooks. The photographs feature landscapes and architectural views combined with portraiture, conveying the unique character and personality of these urban capitals during a period of intense structural, social and economic transformations after World War II.

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Colour photograph of person looking at framed photographs on the gallery wall

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