To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


TGIS 3-25 Reinhold Hofmann, Fa’afetai tele lava mai le ta’ele o ō matou Agaga. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your dazzling few years as a wartime photographer in captivity have left us a treasure trove of historical photography of amazing archival value. Unknown to posterity until his exposure in “To Walk Under Palm Trees”, Mr Hofmann (shown above at Narrow Neck internment camp) is a mystery man who flashes across history’s lens like a shooting star. He comes from nowhere, burns brightly and is gone. His countless beautiful images light up this exhibition. We are proud to have been the vehicle for this modest man’s rediscovery. Who was Reinhold Hofmann? And what happened to him after the war? In this chapter we seek to answer these questions and present a few more photos from his extensive portfolio.

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