Candida Höfer


*1944 in Eberswalde, Germany
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Candida Höfer is the only female member of the Becher School, a loose grouping of German photographers including Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Axel Hütte and Andreas Gursky. Bernd and Hilla Becher's black-and-white photography focuses exclusively on documenting industrial buildings and facilities from precise distances and angles. It has been hugely influential since the mid-1960s.

Unlike the outsized and sometimes overwhelming townscapes and landscapes by Hütte and Gursky, the large museum photographs by Struth and the larger-than-life portraits by Ruff, Höfer consistently works with a small camera (sometimes with a small wide-angle lens).

She avoids tripods and relies on natural light for her photographs, which she often presents in small formats.