Candida Höfer lives and works in Cologne. Having completed her training at the Schmölz-Huth Studio, she became a pupil of Bernd and Hilla Becher in 1976. Alongside the other great photographers of the Contemporary era Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte and Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer belongs to the School of Düsseldorf, a movement known for its neutral and methodical analysis of the spaces which we, as contemporary human beings, inhabit.
Höfer is largely hailed by the European vanguards of art as one the greatest architectural photographers. In her work, she explores powerful and deserted interiors, devoid of human presence and gloriously still. Her images therefore become a sort of encyclopaedia of the spaces within which mankind has achieved greatness: libraries, cathedrals, and museums. However, humans are nowhere to be seen, their transience obvious and the immanence of their monuments striking. Höfer manages to produce these magnificent portraits of interiors without digitally enhancing or altering the images. Her technique of working solely with the existing light source allows her to capture the most intricate details in every photograph. The beauty of the spaces is captured for posterity.
Her work has been shown and recognised internationally, including at the Kunsthalle in Basel and Berne, the Louvre, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Candida Höfer has also represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and participated in Documenta 11 (2002). Many of Höfer's works are represented in major museums and private collections around the world.
Please click here
to read the text accompanying the work of Candida Hoefer