Frank Hofmann

untitled

c. 1943
gelatin silver print
240mm x 200mm

Auckland Camera Club label affixed verso; artist’s stamp applied verso; inscribed 62. Most interesting arrangement and cutting of head with very fine lighting and tonal quality. Directional line of smoke too hard and light mass at top left too weak in tone in printed lettering on label affixed verso

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist’s estate.

Exhibitions

Auckland Camera Club Annual Exhibition, 1943.

Essay

František Simon Hofmann (1916-1989) arrived in New Zealand in 1940, a Jew from Austro-Hungary fleeing Nazi Europe. Originally from Prague, Frank Hofmann had honed his abilities...

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Estimate $2,500 - $3,500
Achieved $2,931.25

Frank Hofmann

Architectural Composite

c. 1946

gelatin silver print

signed Hofmann inscribed NO 25 OBJECT AND STYLE Catalogue in graphite verso; inscribed 7. Striking example of creative thinking in photography, utilising simple material and carrying out composition with superb photographic technique. Only fault is the weakness in tone at top right corner and middle right edge. This is photography! in printed lettering affixed verso

255mm x 305mm

Auction N˚2

Estimate $5,000 - $6,000

Frank Hofmann, Pictorialist

by Andrew Paul Wood

František Simon Hofmann (1916-1989) arrived in New Zealand in 1940, a Jew from Austro-Hungary fleeing Nazi Europe. Originally from Prague, Frank Hofmann had honed his abilities as a member of the Prague Photographic Society, acquiring the knack of both romantic Pictorialism and modernist New Objectivity. This grounding provided the flexibility and adaptability that enabled Hofmann to thrive as a commercial photographer in New Zealand, travelling around the urban centres until he was offered a position at Clifton Firth’s fashionable studio in Auckland, in 1941. Hofmann stayed on with Firth for six years before moving on to Colonial Portraits, and ultimately, in the 1950s, setting up his own commercial portrait studio, Christopher Bede Studios, with Bill Doherty in Auckland. For twenty years Christopher Bede Studios was regarded as the top portrait photography studio in the country.