Karl W. Hoffman was born in Frankfort, Germany, and raised on Cape Cod, with a longing to go west. After breaking his neck horseback riding, Karl had to give up a promising career in professional skiing. While recuperating, he took up silver smithing as an apprentice to Bernard Kelly and then studied the construction and design of fine jewelry in New York City. Karl Hoffman is an internationally recognized artist in gold, creator of fine art jewelry and precious metal sculpture. He has shown his artwork in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums throughout the country.
In search of a new and more creative outlet to enable him to grow in his world of art, and to translate and capture more of life’s feelings, Karl took a new path–pursuing photography. Looking through the camera was a natural progression and with years of design experience, composition came naturally, and the world became more meaningful. As a self-taught professional photographer, Karl has freelanced in photojournalism, graphic design, commercial photography, crime scene photography, aerial intelligence photography for the military and published in use news and world report. Karl has recently finished a five-year documentary recording everyday life on the American/Mexican border, the last American frontier as it vanishes before us, for which he has been nominated for one international award and one national award in photojournalism.
“Blending art and adventure feeds the creative spirit. I have experienced many wonderful hours through this lifetime in observance and contemplation of the human race in regards to our very existence and the destiny of our soul. I have learned to appreciate both the horror and the beauty in our daily life. The task of translating this into simple art forms, so others may feel without the experience of pain is my gift back to humanity.”
Adapted from Art gallery H in Tubac, Arizona.