Thomas Hoepker got his education in archaeology and art history. From 1960 to 1963, he was employed with Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall as a photo reporter. This gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the world. In 1964, he got a job with Stern magazine. At the same time, Magnum was distributing his previously taken photographs.
In 1972, Hoepker became a producer and cameraman for a German television station and got to work on their documentary films. His wife, Eva Windmoeller, was also a journalist and they collaborated together in East Germany and New York on various projects. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hoepker got a job with the Americanized version of Geo as the director of photography. By the late 1980s, Hoepker had a complete membership with Magnum.
Chinatown’s Canal Street after a blizzard.
Residents sit in a vacant lot of a ruined neighborhood in East Harlem.
Crowd on St. Patricks Day during parade on Fifth Ave.
A man walks on Fifth Aveneue with a homemade speed bike.
An African-American family in their apartment in the Bedford Stuyuvesant section of Brooklyn.
Old man and boy in Lubavitcher Synagogue in Brooklyn.
Andy WARHOL with groupies in Manhattan’s Xenon night club. “High Voltage” is at right.
Movie extras taking time off during a film shoot on Park Avenue South
Manhattan midtown with Ciicorp Building during a lightning storm.
Party on a Chelsea rooftop with hostess Diane Brill.
The Garment District in Manhattan along W 25th Street.
Subway rider on Lexington Avenue Line.
A wedding party with bridesmaids on Fifth Ave in Harlem.
Public telephone on Fifth Avenue.
A driver dressed in drag is on his way to the Gay Parade in the East Village.
A mixed-race couple in Central Park.
(Photos © Thomas Hoepker)