A Long Island native, Christophe von Hohenberg has always been a world traveler and took an interest in photography at the young age of fourteen. He was raised in Southhampton, New York; Neubeuern, Germany; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; and New York City. He attended university in Paris and graduated with a degree in European Studies in 1975. After graduating, von Hohenberg began his full-time photography career. He was a freelance photographer in Paris and New York City before he began shooting fashion for American Vogue in 1979. He has since photographed for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, German Vogue, Vanity Fair, French Vogue and several other renowned publications. He has also participated in ad campaigns for Givenchy, Estee Lauder, The New York Times, and more.
The White Album of the Hamptons is von Hohenberg’s latest book, which follows the success of Shadows of the Gods: Mexico City (2018), Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died (2006), and Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976-1996 (2014). Von Hohenberg has been featured in solo exhibitions in Stockholm, Dallas, Munich, Salzburg, and London, and has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Norton Museum in Palm Beach and the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, as well as in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. He currently lives and works in New York.
“The White Album of the Hamptons” is an exhibition of recent work by internationally acclaimed photographer Christophe von Hohenberg, including previously unseen images. The series of work is a stunning ode to the Hamptons, New York, coinciding with the 2021 publication of his book The White Album of the Hamptons.
In this series, von Hohenberg masterfully captures moments in time on the shores of Long Island. The images are both playful and poetic, dominated by a spectrum of grey tones and over-exposed sources of light. The anonymity and far-off nature of figures and objects render these images both mysterious and meditative. They have an intimate quality to them, so much so that even if the viewer has never set foot on the Eastern shores, von Hohenberg’s images are somehow familiar. He is innovative in his approach to light and exposure, capturing the dream-like beauty and soul of the New York coastline.
“These images are about healing,” say von Hohenberg, “Following footprints on the shoreline, picking up seashells with the wind and water kissing my face centers my soul. These beaches serve as a cleansing tonic to my mind, making me feel refreshed and whole and temporarily washing away my anxieties.”