Candida Hoefer

Libraries

Candida Hoefer

Nobody photographs libraries, those splendid and intimate cathedrals of knowledge, as beautifully as Candida Hoefer. Her photographs are sober and restrained - the atmosphere is disturbed by neither visitors nor users, especially as she forgoes any staging of the locations. Les mer
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Candida Hoefer

Nobody photographs libraries, those splendid and intimate cathedrals of knowledge, as beautifully as Candida Hoefer. Her photographs are sober and restrained - the atmosphere is disturbed by neither visitors nor users, especially as she forgoes any staging of the locations. The emptiness is imbued with substance by a subtle attention to colour, and the prevailing silence instilled with a metaphysical quality that gives voice to the objects, over and above the eloquence of the furnishings or the pathos of the architecture.

This sumptuous volume contains Hoefer's famously ascetic images of the British Library in London, the Escorial in Spain, the Whitney Museum and the Pierpoint Library in New York, the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris, the Villa Medici in Rome and the Hamburg University Library, among others.

Umberto Eco introduces the collection with a witty reflection on the role of libraries in all our lives.

Almost completely devoid of people, as is Hoefer's trademark, these pictures radiate a comforting serenity that is exceptional in contemporary photography.

Austria: Kloster Mehrerau, Bregenz; Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz; University Library, Universitat fur angewandte Kunst Wien, Vienna China: Sou Du Bo Wu Guan Library, Beijing Denmark: Royal Library, Copenhagen; University Library,Copenhagen Finland: University Library,Helsinki France: Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris; Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris; BNF, Paris Germany: Albertinum, Dresden; Alvar Aalto-Kulturhaus, Wolfsburg; Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, Berlin; Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin; Deutsche Bubliothek, Frankfurt am Main; Deutsche Bucherei, Leipzig; Deutsches Musikarchiv, Berlin; Deutsches Patent- adn Markenamt, Berlin; Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek, Weimar; Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen; Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden; Max-Planck Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte,Berlin;SachsischesStaatsarchiv,Dresden;WarburgBibliothek,Hamburg Great Britain: Bantry House, Bantry; British Library, London; Lay Society Library, London; Marx Memorial Library, London; Playfair Library Hall, Univerity of Edinburgh; RIBA, London Italy: Biblioteca Angelica, Rome; Biblioteca Cappuccini Redentore Giudeca, Venice; Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome; Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice; Biblioteca Seminario Patriarcale, Venice; Escuela de Arquitectura de Venezia, Venice; San Lazzarro degli Armeni San Lazzaro, Venice Norway: Deichmanske Library, Oslo; University Library, Oslo Spain: Biblioteca Pedro Salinas, Madrid; Biblioteca PHE, Madrid; Biblioteca Salamanca, Salamanca; Biblioteca tel MNCARS, Madrid; El Escorial Switzerland: Allgemeine Lesegesellschaft, Basel; Frey- Frynaeisches Institut, Basel; Naturhistorisches Museum, St Gallen; OEffentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel; Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel; Staatsarchive Basel-Stadt, Basel; Swiss Re, Ruschlikon USA: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven; Brooklyn Public Library; Frick Art Reference Library, New York; Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge; Hispanic Society of America, New York; Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach; Los Angeles Public Library; MOCA, Los Angeles; New York Public Library; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Widener Library Harvard University, Cambridege

A sumptuous collection of Candida Hoefer's famously ascetic photographs of libraries around the world

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