Dezo Hoffmann

1912-1986

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Dezo Hoffmann was a Slovak photojournalist. He studied in Prague and worked at the Twentieth Century Fox in Paris During the Second World War, he served, was injured and subsequently moved to London and flew missions along the Royal Air Force. After the war he remained in London, working for various newspapers and magazines; his collaboration with Record Mirror magazine started in 1955; this was the start of his career photographing show-business celebrities.

 

In 1962 he went to Liverpool to photograph an unknown group, the Beatles, after the Record Mirror received a fan complaint. It was the beginning of a long-lasting relationship. Dezo photographed and filmed them in 8 mm color film and chronicled their experiences in some of the most interesting and imaginative images in existence. He was closer to the group than other photographers and covered major event in their career, often being the only photographer present. Among others, Hoffmann documented their audition with George Martin, their first recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, their television specials and films, and their tours of Europe and North America.

 

Besides the Beatles, Dezo photographed many other famous people like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Elton John, Bob Marley, Cliff Richard, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Jimi Hendrix, the Animals, the Rolling Stones. The Hoffman Archive is owned by Rex Features. 

 

Dezo Hoffmann [1918-1986]
Dezo Hoffmann [1918-1986]

The Beatles, Weston-Super-Mare UK I Photograph July 1963 vintage gelatin silver print, stamped image size > 7.25 x 9.5 inches

Dezo Hoffmann [1918-1986]
Dezo Hoffmann [1918-1986]

Kathleen’s Heart, Liverpool Photograph March 24, 1963 vintage gelatin silver print, stamped image size > 7.25 x 9.5 inches

Dezo Hoffmann [1918-1986]
Dezo Hoffmann [1918-1986]

The Beatles, Weston-Super-Mare UK II Photograph July 1963 vintage gelatin silver print, stamped image size > 7.25 x 9.5 inches

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