"Seen as a collection, her rhythmically patterned images present a universe of interiors wholly constructed by human intention, unearthing patterns of order, by their now absent creators and inhabitants. Architecture of Absence examines Höfer's unique oeuvre and the relationship of her architecture work to that of the 'Becher Circle' - noted students of the Dusseldorf Academy's renowned professor Bernd Becher, including Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, and Axel Hutte." --HotShoe International
"The drive toward immaculate order in all this work is haunting." -- The Chicago Tribune
"In interviews, Höfer has said that she's attracted to the beauty and symmetry of her subjects: she likes libraries for the way the books stack up, the shapes they make, not for their social meaning... [but] no matter how hard you try to look at the pictures as pure patterning or color, they still speak of our odd rituals for collecting, preserving, and celebrating scraps of culture. The books in her photographs may be closed, but they are still books, which makes Höfer more of a cultural historian than she'll ever admit." -- Jori Finkel --Photo District News
"Höfer uses emptiness, along with light, composition, and depth of field, as a formal element in her photographs. Objective documentary photography? Why settle for that, when a quick read between the lines reveals so much more." --Departures
About the Author
Candida Höfer studied photography under Bernd Becher from 1976 until 1982. Since 1975 she has had solo exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States, including the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany; the Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; the Centre Photographique d'Ile de France; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco; Johnen & Schottle, Cologne; and Sonnabend Gallery, New York.