Eight Days A Week 1998 : 30-years back Working-class town of Liverpool : The British Council ,Koln.

Candida Höfer :Dreibig Jahre Zuruck (born Germany) 1944 -

Candida Höfer

Over the last thirty years, Candida Hofer has created meticulously composed images of the interiors of public and institutional spaces - spaces marked with the richness of human activity, yet largely devoid of human presence. Wether it be a photograph of a national library, or a lounge room at Volkswagen's corporate headquarters, Hofer's images ask us to conduct a distanced examination through the widow she has created. Seen as a collection, Hofer's rhythmically patterned images present a universe of interiors wholly constructed by human intention, unearthing patterns of order, logic, and disruption imposed on these spaces by their now absent creators and inhabitants.

I photograph in public and semi-public spaces that date from various epochs. These are spaces available to everyone. They are places where you can meet and communicate, where you can share or receive knowledge, where you can relax and recover.

Deutsche Bucherei Leipzig IX, 1997

Candida Höfer’s photographs reveal her interest in documenting collections of like things. Over the past twenty years, Höfer has created a systematic visual study of details within public spaces such as zoos, the interiors of office buildings, theaters, museums, and library reading rooms. Höfer’s straightforward and detached style at first seems clinical and purely documentary. Since the early 1980s people have been noticeably absent from Hofer’s photographs. Instead, she uses her camera to note repeated forms within public spaces such as furniture, lighting fixtures, ceiling or floor tiles, chairs, and tables, creating patterns and a sense of orderliness. Höfer also often emphasizes the ironic by drawing the viewer’s attention to things out of place. In Deutsche Bucherei Leipzig IX, the presence of people is strongly implied by the empty desks and lights, as well as by the books at the end of the room, evoking a sense of their purpose as vehicles of collected human history and knowledge.

Born in 1944 and raised in Eberswalde, Germany, Höfer currently lives and works in Cologne. Her works have been widely exhibited internationally: in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and the United States. In addition, her photographs are held in private and public collections worldwide, including those at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others.

Devlin, Lucinda, et al. Lucinda Devlin, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer: Räume. Köln : W. König, 1999.

Höfer, Candida. Candida Höfer: Zoologische Gärten. München: Schirmer/Mosel, 1993.

Höfer, Candida, et al. Candida Höfer: Architecture of Absence. New York: Aperture, 2004.

Höfer, Candida, et al. Candida Höfer: Zwölf. München: Schirmer/Mosel, 2001.

Höfer, Candida and Julian Heynen. Candida Höfer, Martin Kippenberger: Venedig 2003. New York: D.A.P., 2003.

Höfer, Candida, and Rem Koolhaas.The Dutch Embassy in Berlin by OMA/ Rem Koolhaas. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2004.

Krüger, Michael, and Candida Höfer. Candida Höfer: A Monograph. London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, ©2002.


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