Candida Höfer

Born 1944
Hometown Eberswalde, Germany
Lives and Works Cologne, Germany
Education
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1976
Photography with Bernd & Hilla Becher, 1976—1982

Candida Höfer Gallery Art

Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Sonnabend Gallery, New York, NY
Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Centro de Fotografia Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nürnberg, Germany

German photographer Candida Höfer has a special interest in documenting the design and grandeur of public spaces like library reading rooms, palaces, zoos, and theaters. Her images are nearly always devoid of people. In the style of her teachers, photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher (who also taught Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth), she takes exquisitely framed photographs which capture the symmetry, design, and elegance of these man-made spaces. This symmetry is repeated and amplified as her series explore the same types of spaces over and over. Sometimes the effect is objective and distant, sometimes there is a palpable wonder at the vastness of human knowledge (particularly in her images of libraries), and sometimes the elegance and the high design of the spaces produce a certain gloom and spiritual emptiness, as demonstrated in her beautiful and quietly mournful series Zoologischer Gärten in which the zoo animals appear as props trapped in an empty human world.

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