Thomas Hoepker

German, b. 1936

Thomas Hoepker studied art history and archeology, then worked as a photographer for Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall between 1960 and 1963, reporting from all over the world. He joined Stern magazine as a photo-reporter in 1964.

Magnum began to distribute Hoepker's archive photographs in 1964. He worked as cameraman and producer of documentary films for German television in 1972, and from 1974 collaborated with his wife, the journalist Eva Windmoeller, first in East Germany and then in New York, where they moved to work as correspondents for Stern in 1976. From 1978 to 1981 Hoepker was director of photography for the American edition of Geo.

Hoepker worked as art director for Stern in Hamburg between 1987 and 1989, when he became a full member of Magnum. Specializing in reportage and stylish color features, he received the prestigious Kulturpreis of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie in 1968. Among many other awards for his work, he received one in 1999 from the German Ministry of Foreign Aid for Death in a Cornfield, a TV film on Guatemala. Today Hoepker lives in New York. He shoots and produces TV documentaries together with his second wife Christine Kruchen. He was president of Magnum Photos from 2003 to 2006. A retrospective exhibition, showing 230 images from fifty years of work, toured Germany and other parts of Europe in 2007.


1956/59  Art History and Archaeology, Goettingen/Munich, Germany


1999       German ministry of foreign aid, 1st prize for documentary Death in a Cornfield
1968       Kulturpreis, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Photographie


2006       Photographien 1955-2005 - Photomuseum, Munich, Germany
1995       Retrospective - Claus Tebbe Gallery, Cologne, Germany
1994       The Maya - Kunsthalle Cologne, Cologne, Germany
1985/87  Retrospective, 25 cities in Germany
1976       Rizzoli Gallery, New York and Rizzoli Gallery, Washington D.C., USA
1965       Kunst und Gewerbe Museum, Hamburg, Germany


2005       Thomas Hoepker, Photographien 1955-2005, Schirmer & Mosel, Germany
1998       Return of the Maya: Guatemala. A Tale of Survival, Henry Holt, USA
1991       Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, Philip-Morris books, Germany
1989       HA Schult, Fetisch Auto, Germany
1988       Rome, Hofmann & Campe, Germany
1987       New Yorker: 50 unusual portraits, Stemmle, Schaffhausen, Germany
1986       HA Schult, New York ist Berlin, Germany
1986       Amerika: History of the discovery from Florida to Canada, Germany
1985       Leben in der DDR. Life in East Germany, Sternbuch, Germany
1985       Ansichten.Fotos von 1960 bis 1985, Braus, Heidelberg, Germany
1984       Der Wahn vom Weltreich: Germany’s former Colonies, Sternbuch, Germany
1984       Now! Überdosis New York/ HA Schult., Germany
1983       Die New York-Story, GEO Buch, Germany
1983       Thomas Höpker (I Grandi Fotografi), Rizzoli,Italy
1978       Vienna, Time/Life books, Holland
1977       Heinz Mack, Expedition in künstliche Gärten. Art in Desert and Ice, Sternbuch, 
1976       Berliner Wände,  C. Hanser, Germany
1974       Die Iren und ihre Lieder, (Ireland and its songs), Germany
1967       Horst Janssen, artist’s portraits, Galerie Brockstedt, Germany
1963       Yatun papa. Father of the Indians. Dr. Theodor Binder, Kosmos, Germany
1963       Lebendiges Kiel, Presseamt der Stadt Kiel, Germany
1960       Finnland, Terra Magica, Germany
1957       Jugend in dieser Zeit, Steingrüben, Germany


2005       Ice-cold Splendor
2003       Easter Island
2000       Robinson Crusoe Island
1998       Death in a Cornfield
1973       The Village Arabati