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Meinrad Hofer - Kehrerverlag Heidelberg

Book Signing
Theater Nestroyhof/Hamakom
Nestroyplatz 1, Vienna
10.11.2015, 7pm

Meinrad Hofer
WITNESS. Realities of forced emigration 1938 – 1945

In his work Witness Meinrad Hofer explores the life circumstances and experiences of Austrian Jews who, between 1938 and 1945 under Nazi oppression, left their homeland and emigrated to the USA. His portraits bear irrefutable visual testimony to their life – to what they had lost, but also to what they built up for themselves in exile. He photographs his models as »objectively« as possible, forthrightly, and at the same time with utmost attentiveness. The harsh lighting traces each of their features lovingly and yet precisely and thus creates a cartography of their unique experience. Maps, however, conceal the »truth« of a place in the degree to which they unveil its topography, and therefore inherent to these faces is the powerful beauty of what, in them, must remain wordless and unrecognizable. The portraits are indestructible testimony to experiences and at the same time constitute an indispensable recollection of their personality and their story, before they fall silent forever. Martin Karplus, Anitta R. Fox, Edith Harnik, Kurt Sonnenfeld, Eric Pleskow are just some of those portrayed. Meinrad Hofer works as a freelance photographer for magazines and companies and has photographed figures such as John Malkovich, Diane von Fürstenberg, or Karl Lagerfeld.

Authors: Lisa Silverman
Artists: Meinrad Hofer

Designed by Tim Jahn
20 x 30,5 cm
144 pages
32 color and 16 b/w ills.
ISBN 978-3-86828-615-1
Euro 34,90