Thomas Hoepker started taking pictures when he was 16 when he received an old 9x12 glass camera from his grandfather. He developed his prints in his family's kitchen and bathroom and started earning some money by selling photos to friends and classmates. From 1960 to 1963 he worked as a photographer for Münchner Illustrierte and Kristall. Then, in 1964, he started working as a photojournalist for Stern. In 1976 he moved to New York as a correspondent for Stern. From 1978 to 1981 he was director of photography for American Geo. From 1987 to 1989 Hoepker settled in Hamburg, working as an art director for Stern. Magnum Photos began distributing Hoepker's photographs in 1964. he He became a full member of Magnum in 1989. He served as its President from 2003 to 2006.
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