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Picture of Affinities


Candida Höfer

Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 9783829606127


Publisher's Description

Back in the 1970s Candida Höfer (born in 1944) was one of the first students in
Bernd Becher’s now legendary photography class at Düsseldorf’s Kunstakademie.
Today, with her seminal architecture photographs from around the world, she has
become a permanent fixture in the international art scene.
The new art center Artipelag near Stockholm is now devoting one of its first
exhibitions to the Düsseldorf-based artist, mounting a large-scale retrospective
spanning Höfer’s four decades of creative work. Schirmer/Mosel has published the
lavish publication accompanying the exhibition. The exhibition and book illustrate,
in an innovative way, the diversity of Höfer’s oeuvre from 1968 to the present day.
Our book contains not only her early, little-known series such as Liverpool and
Türken in Deutschland, but also her best shots of the numerous libraries that Höfer
has taken in all kinds of different locations and her most recent images of Neues
Museum in Berlin. The essay on her extraordinarily extensive work was written by
psychologist and journalist Friedrich Wilhelm Heubach, a former companion of the
With its exhibition Candida Höfer: Affinities the new art center Artipelag, which
opened as recently as June 3, 2012, in Stockholm’s archipelago landscape, pays
tribute to a German artist whose deserted interiors have come to occupy a unique
position in contemporary photography. The particular fascination of this book no
doubt lies in the way that it combines Höfer’s world-famous interiors with her
earlier work showing everyday situations and people in action in a considerably
smaller format. This gives rise to unexpected constellations and interrelations that
have not previously been made clearly apparent. Ever since she started working
Höfer has been producing portraits – initially of people, later of rooms. And she
shows these rooms in a state of repose that nobody before her has ever succeeded
in achieving.

Publisher: Schirmer/Mosel

Size: 220 x 260 mm

164 pages, 309 colour and  duotone illustrations

Publisher's Price: £39