Photography Book: Candida Höfer in Mexico

Photography Book: Candida Höfer in Mexico – In 2014, Candida Höfer (b. Eberswalde, Germany, 1944; lives and works in Cologne) traveled to Mexico, visiting the eight cities Ciudad de México, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tepotzotlán, Tlacochahuaya, and Tonantzintla, where she photographed old and new libraries, theaters and opera houses, churches and museums, poorhouses and palaces. See also: Interior Design Books: Kaleidoscope, Living in Color and Patterns Most of the pictures are organized by symmetry along a central axis, a characteristic feature of her art. If these works suggest her training with Hilla and Bernd Becher, who taught photography in Düsseldorf—she is now the best-known of their students—others show a “new” Candida Höfer: old-fashioned offices, weather-beaten walls, and simple stores as well as a few expertly captured details of façades, floors, and interiors. Candida Höfer is a German photographer best known for her large-scale color images of empty interiors. She prefers to shoot semi-public spaces, most notably cultural and institutional architecture, in the absence of people, as evidenced in her ongoing Räume (Spaces) series that she began in 1980. The lack of visitors has allowed Höfer to concentrate her lens meticulously on the building’s design details and spatial qualities, and how they…

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