Within her extensive photographic work, Candida Höfer scrutinizes the forms and structures of architecturally important as well as seemingly inconspicuous buildings and spaces. Putting a focus on historical continuities and changes, the works question the shift between the intended and the actual use of those buildings. At the same time, Höfer’s photographs are intimate and personal portraits of spaces, reflecting on specific details and their role within aesthetic perception.
Candida Höfer (*1944, Eberswalde, Germany) lives and works in Cologne. She studied photography under Bernd Becher at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Her works have been exhibited at institutions like Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Power Plant, Toronto, and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Höfer participated in documenta 11 and represented Germany at the Venice Biennial in 2003.