Andreas Höfer was born on March 10, 1964, in the film city of Potsdam-Babelsberg, where he studied camera at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf.“ He graduated with a diploma. At the end of the 1980s, his first (short) films appeared on the big screen at the University, all made together with his fellow student Andreas Dresen, and, like Zug in die Ferne, made it into the programme and competition of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival or the Berlinale.
Over the next few years and decades, the student projects developed into an extremely fruitful collaboration with Dresen. Höfer was responsible for the camera in their joint German debut Stilles Land, in TV productions of the 1990s and in classics of modern German cinema such as Nachtgestalten (Night Shapes) (1999), Herr Wichmann von der CDU (Mr. Wichmann of the Christian Democrats) (2003), or Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin) (2005).
Andreas Höfer's most recent collaboration with Andreas Dresen, the film portrait Gundermann about the singer-songwriter of the same name, was shot, like so many of their collaborations, at original locations. In this case, the film was made in the Lausitz coal-mining area. Höfer's work, demonstrating design seeking authenticity, was nominated for the German Film Prize 2019.
Today Höfer is associated with his alma mater, the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, as a recurring lecturer in photography, which he also pursues in exhibitions and publications.