Kate Pollard Hoffmann studied photography at the Pennsylvania State University and went on to earn her masters degree in photography from the Edinburgh College of Art in the United Kingdom. Her work often focuses on personal relationships, and since the sudden death of her father in 2007, her primary photographic interest has revolved around how people cope with death and dying.

Pollard Hoffmann exhibits worldwide, and her work has been featured in such publications as American Photo, Portfolio Catalogue (United Kingdom), Shots Magazine, and most recently in the book Reframing Photography, published by Routledge Press. She lives and works in Piscataway, New Jersey.