Her quiet images

"Hofer combined technical precision and a gift of observation to capture the essence of people and places. But her work spoke quietly and called little attention to itself. It was so often overlooked that in 1986 a photo magazine dubbed her “America’s most famous ‘unknown’ photographer.”

source: PDNOnline

Ms. Hofer’s studied approach — the gravity and stasis of her portraits owed much to the German photographer August Sander — put her at odds with the candid, on-the-fly photography of contemporaries like Robert Frank. She remained unrecognized by most critics and curators, and never received a museum show in the United States. In 1994 the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, presented a retrospective of her work, called “The Universal Eye.”

source: New York Times