Candida Höfer like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth, belongs to the first generation that graduated from Bernd and Hilla Becher’s photo class at the Arts Academy in Düsseldorf.
Following her studies, Höfer has kept a respectful distance from the motifs that she finds in her immediate environs or on her countless trips, whether these are single objects, architectural spaces or people.
The photographs of public spaces almost devoid of people – interiors, libraries, museums or entrance halls – are marked by cool objectivity and the precise capturing of details as well as by the transforming systems that organise the architecture. Whereby the use and incidence of light lends the single objects an almost painterly quality, an indeed magical presence.
This publication, of new and older work from the past four decades, is devoted especially to the works that she produced at sites in Düsseldorf since her time at the Arts Academy and especially since 2011.