Candida Höfer, ‘George Peabody Library Baltimore’, 2010, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Collection: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

"Photography Reinvented: The Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker"

Venue: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2016-2017)

Promised Gift from the Collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker

About Candida Höfer

In majestic large-format color photography, Candida Höfer captures the psychological residue left behind in empty public and institutional spaces. Höfer meticulously composes her shots, positioning herself symmetrically either in the center of rooms or along a diagonal that best reveals the space’s internal architecture. She prefers places that contain an institutional history, embodied either in texts or in structures, such as libraries, museums, and zoos. A member of the Dusseldorf School and former student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Höfer is influenced by the legacy of conceptual and typological photography.

German, b. 1944, Eberswalde, Germany, based in Cologne, Germany