AR­TER­IES (1964) BY EVE­LYN HOFER

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Be­fore she set­tled in New York in 1946, at the age of 24, Eve­lyn Hofer had al­ready lived in Ger­many, Basel, Zurich, Spain and Mex­ico. Such peri­patetic be­gin­nings (a re­sult of the po­lit­i­cal tur­moil en­gulf­ing Europe) in­stilled in Hofer a sen­si­tiv­ity to the nu­ances of place, and an abil­ity to seize out-of-the-or­di­nary mo­ments from daily city life.

In the Six­ties, she be­gan mak­ing pic­tures for a series of travel books that in­cluded es­says by writ­ers such as VS Pritch­ett (London and New York) and Mary McCarthy (Florence). An up­dated ver­sion of the 1965 New York book, which also in­cludes un­seen pic­tures from the Seven­ties, has just been pub­lished by Steidl. steidl.de

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