With a career spanning over fifty years, Thomas Hoepker has impressed through his tranquil images, characterized by precise compositions. After studying art history and archaeology, his photographic career kicked off in 1960 in his homeland Germany, working for the magazines Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall. In 1964, he began working for Stern, and it was, in 1966, whilst on an assignment for this magazine that he captured his most famous picture: a portrait of the boxer Muhammad Ali, with clenched fist aimed at the camera.
During the 70’s, Hoepker produced a series of documentary films for German television before moving to East Germany and later, to the USA, to work as a correspondent for Stern. Following this period, he has worked as an image editor, travelled the world as a photographer and published numerous books. In 1989, he became a member of Magnum Photos and from 2003-2007 acted as president for this famous photographic agency.
On the 11th September 2001, Hoepker took possibly his most controversial picture, a group of young people sitting, apparently unperturbed, talking together while the World Trade Centre burns in the background. This image, first published in 2006, immediately became an object of debate. The photo remains as one of the most recognisable and best known taken that fateful day.
Presently, Thomas Hoepker lives in New York, where he produces documentary films for TV, together with his wife, Christine Kruchen.