Manuela created her distinctive style of city photography in 1995 when visiting New York for the first time. Shooting black and white film with a basic square format Hasselblad camera and standard lens, her strong perspectives and composition come solely from her unique vision and viewpoint. Her style is both graphic and artistic - and yet also documentary 'street photography'.
In 1993 while visiting friends and family in her hometown, Hofer was made aware of an old textile mill, which had been built in the early twentieth century and shut down in 1991.
Developers had moved in to change the derelict building into modern western style lofts, shops, and restaurants with a leisure centre in the heart of the East German derelict structure.
Gaining access for a week Hofer created a colour and black and white series to document the existing structure. These images where bought by the developers to be exhibited after the completion of the project.
The irony is that the building is in the same, if not worse, state now - the developers have left Eastern Germany.