Candida Höfer


Candida Höfer is one of the most distinctive and influential late 20th century photographers.

As a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Höfer established her signature style in the late 1970's/early 1980's in Germany with her technically precise large-scale images of public spaces void of any visitors. 

Along with her contemporaries, including Thomas Struth, she helped evolve a new genre of urban and institutional portraiture; creating images that were void of sentimentality or nationalism. 

This diptych is a classic example of Höfer's work. The architectural and decorative details of this grand library, specifically the arches on each floor, create a pattern that approaches abstraction. Her photographs investigate the forms and structures of spaces, as well as their details. This approach leads her to very personal portraits of spaces. 

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"Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg, 2000"

Germany, 2002

Signed “H.C.” by the artist in black ink on a label affixed to the reverse  

Two chromogenic prints on photo paper flush-mounted to forex board

From an edition of 45

24"H 24"W (each) 

Very good condition.

Published by Edition Schellmann

Literature: Jörg Schellmann, ed., Forty Are Better Than One, Munich/New York, 2009, pp. 156-157 and pp. 382-382.


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