About the artist
Thomas Hoepker, born in 1936, specializes in reportage and stylish color features, famously saying, “I am not an artist. I am an image maker”. His photographs of the boxing champion Muhammad Ali are typically iconic.
Hoepker 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 and worked as their New York correspondent from 1976. From 1978 to 1981 Hoepker was director of photography for the American edition of Geo.
Hoepker became a full member of Magnum in 1989 was president of Magnum Photos from 2003 to 2006. He received the prestigious ‘Kulturpreis’ of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie in 1968.
Today Hoepker lives in New York. A retrospective exhibition, showing 230 images from fifty years of work, toured Germany and other parts of Europe in 2007.