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.
“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 asiatatler.com
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.