Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg 2001/03 Photograph 40 x 40 cm in mat 55 x 54 cm (21¾ x 21¼"). Edition of 45, signed and numbered.
Since the end of the 1970s, Candida Höfer (born 1944, lives and works in Cologne) has been photographing interiors in public and semi-public spaces from different architectural epochs, spaces that are accessible to the public - gathering spaces, places of communication, science, or recreation: hotels, lobbies, museums, libraries, universities, banks, churches, health resorts, zoological gardens. The works are not studies in typological registration, rather they are looking for the similarities and the differences behind the similarities. Höfer´s photographs, for the most part exclusive of people and shot with the natural lighting of the shooting scene, evoke different overlaying time levels: the one of the origin of the architecture, the one of the present use of it, and the one of the shooting itself. »My work derives from the snapshot. It is the form of photography that most closely stands for love.«