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Radar Portfolio: Daniel Hofer

From German coal miners to Nepalese school boys, photographer Daniel Hofer manages to bring out the brightest and most poignant nuances of life.

With his distinct, documentary style, German photographer Daniel Hofer manages to capture the brightest and most poignant nuances of life; the clear blue sky above the vast Salar de Uyuni salt flat in the Bolivian Andes, the white of the eye in a miner’s grimy face, the bright green of a young Nepalese boy’s worn school uniform. Based in Berlin and Düsseldorf, Daniel Hofer divides his time between personal, longterm documentary projects and editorial commissions, and his work has been included in publications such as ZEIT Magazin, WIRED, VICE, NEON, Diskurs Magazin, and Designer’s Digest

Ever since he interned as a commercial photographer in his early teens, Daniel knew taking pictures was his vocation. Holding a degree in photography with focus on portraiture from University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Daniel has interned with and assisted various photographers in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New York. After a six months internship in his New York City Studio, Daniel worked regularly as an assistant to renowned photographer Martin Schoeller, learning how to handle large scale photo shoots as well as picking the right music for capricious celebrities – apparently Rolling Stones is always a good choice.

In the portfolio above, exclusively selected for Radar Magazine, Daniel shares photos from his SALAR series shot in the Salar de Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia; portraits of Ghanaian churchgoers in Dortmund, Germany, taken from his Sunday Morning series; a series of portraits of German miners working in Bergwerk Ost, one of the last coal mines in the west German Ruhr area, now shut down; and more.

See more of Daniel Hofer’s work here