Candida Hofer    


Candida Hofer is an architectural photographer.  Her photographs are quiet and grave, yet filled with color and incident. For the most part empty of human presence, they are filled with the residue and potential of human activity. They reveal her interests and ideas about the world: the order of space, the organization of knowledge, the exchange of information, the history of design and style, the nature of place, the transformative function of light.

Hofer, who was born in 1944 in Germany, is one of an extraordinary group of German photographers who helped change our idea of the medium and its possibilities. Students of Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Dusseldorf Academy, they followed their teachers' lead in applying an objective eye to subject matter, displaying their coolly analytic images in extended bodies of work, investigating certain themes or motifs in exhaustive depth.