Hofer, Candida

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. The eldest of the group, Hofer was the last of them to embrace the large-scale photograph that is ubiquitous today, although she was early to use color. Her reluctance to abandon the intimate print probably affected the slower reception of her work internationally, but she represented Germany in the Venice Biennale in 2003, and her work appears in major collections and museums around the world.