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Candida Hofer

Johnen + Schöttle

Candida Höfer was a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, whose reductionist approach to photography has exerted a tremendous influence on recent German art. Indeed, the Bechers have had such a strong impact that their disciples have often had to struggle with the couple’s rationally “correct” stance for the rest of their lives. Despite the authority of the Bechers, Höfer has managed to take a slow, quiet, and thoughtful detour.

Her subject is limited to interiors, which are never stripped of their distinctiveness by rigorously formal photographic methods. More specifically, Hölfer shoots informal public spaces. Most of them are deserted, but their wear and tear shows signs of human presence. None of these photographs is clinically clean, none looks posed. On the other hand, they never fall into the nostalgia trap of providing places with an “interesting” patina. These interiors are chosen

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