Thomas Höpker – Intimate History

Wie kaum ein anderer hat Thomas Höpker den Bildjournalismus in Deutschland geprägt. Seine Fotoreportagen führten ihn durch die ganze Welt. Als Reporter arbeitete er für die Münchner Illustrierte, später für die Zeitschriften Kristall und Stern.

© Thomas Höpker und MAGNUM-Photos

Thomas Höpker shaped photojournalism in Germany like no other. His photo reports have taken him all over the world. He worked as a reporter for the Münchner Illustrierte, later for the magazines Kristall and Stern. Right from the start of his career, Höpker saw his task as “living in close contact with the times, fathoming and unraveling the present”. In 1979 he moved to New York and in 1989 became the first German photographer to become a full member of the Magnum-Photos agency.

From the wealth of his life’s work, Thomas Höpker – Intimate History shows internationally known and never shown photographs. The synopsis conveys Höpker’s interest in social issues and his empathy for the people he portrays. Authenticity and photographic witnesses are the defining constants of his work. Unexcited, subtle and far from sensationalism, many of his motifs became icons of social documentary photography, also known as Concerned Photography, thanks to their precise image design and the dense image statements.

The exhibition was curated by Katharina Mouratidi and Miriam Zlobinski.

An exhibition as part of the EMOP – European Month of Photography.
In cooperation with the Ernst Leitz Museum, Wetzlar.

Runtime: Fri, 24/02/2023 to Sun, 07/05/2023

Price: €5.00

Reduced price: €3.00

Reduced price info: Reduced tickets and free admission are available on presentation of the relevant ID:

Children up to 12 years free admission

Pupils, students

Participants in the federal voluntary service, voluntary social year

Unemployed persons, recipients of Hartz IV or basic income support, berlinpass holders

Severely handicapped persons (at least 50 per cent MdE)

Journalists are only admitted free of charge after prior accreditation.

Guided tours for groups are possible by prior arrangement with us. Please send an e-mail with your preferred date .

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