Sunday, July 19, 2009
Candida Höfer likes to hang out in libraries.
...Further to this, she likes to photograph them too.
"The library... must be easy to access and its doors must be open to all the members of the community who will be able to make free use of it without distinction of race, colour, nationality, age, sex, religion, language, civil status or cultural level"
... This is the modus operandi that most believe a library to follow.
The modus operandi of Candida Höfer, however, is somewhat different.
Picking up a camera in 1973, and studying under the photography master Bernd Becher, Höfer's body of work explores large vicinities, from public spaces to private libraries.
The vastness of Höfer's images resonates within its viewers by presenting a seemingly simple landscape, that exploits the loneliness and incredible beauty of a space left bare.