Candida Höfer: Public spaces, but without the public…

Candida Höfer, "Hermitage St. Petersburg," 1992

Candida Höfer, "Hermitage St. Petersburg," 1992, Color coupler print, 13 7/8 x 20 7/8 in., Copyright © Candida Höfer / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Candida Höfer (German, b. 1944) photographs public architectural interiors, including museums, libraries, and historic buildings. Her straightforward approach to these subjects results in photographs that appear spontaneous. yet Höfer carefully stages them.

Höfer emphasizes the dynamic qualities of a location. She uses diagonal lines, saturated colors, and repetition of forms to fill the interiors with energy. The spaces remain active despite Höfer’s omission of figures.

Candida Höfer, "Campo Santo Pisa," 1985

Candida Höfer, "Campo Santo Pisa," 1985, Color coupler print, 13 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Bank of America Collection, Copyright © Candida Höfer / Artists Rights Society (ARS)

“I believe in a sort of separation of labor (or even power) in art. I just do the images. Others do the interpretations.” —Candida Höfer

Check out this interview with Candida Höfer produced by

The works above along with two others are on view in Eye Wonder until May 22, 2011.

Anna Allegro is the Associate Educator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.