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Candida Höfer is one of the most renowned German photographers and is, besides Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Tobias Struth, part of the photographic avant-garde of the contemporary. Höfer was professor for photography at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe until 2000 and is a member of the Freie Akademie der Künste Hamburg.

The artist lives and works in Cologne.


Candida Höfer Prices

Artist: Title: Price: Type: Format: Edition: Handsigned: Numbered: Date:
Candida Höfer Palast Rom 1998 2.000 Euro Original Photo Edition 67.5 x 54.0 cm limited edition of 100 yes yes 28.06.2019
Candida Höfer Druckerei J.J. 1.490 Euro Original Photo Edition 48.0 x 32.8 cm limited edition of 50 yes yes 28.06.2019
Candida Höfer Museum Morsbroich 3.500 Euro Original Photo Edition 81 x 61 cm limited edition of 50 yes yes 28.06.2019



The photographer Candida Höfer was born in Eberswalde on February 4th 1944. She grew up in Cologne as the daughter of the journalist and television presenter Werner Höfer. She developed an interest in the medium of photography at an early age and eventually decided to pursue the career of a photographer. Höfer then began a one-year traineeship at the age of 19 at the well-known Schmölz-Huth photo studio in Cologne.

From 1964 to 1968 she studied artistic photography at the Cologne Werkschulen under the photographer Arno Jansen. After successfully completing her studies, she worked as a freelance photographer in Cologne for the following two years. She then moved to Hamburg to work in the Werner Bokelberg photo studio. From 1972 she lived in Cologne again. After working in a gallery, Höfer decided to study photography for a second time. Thus, from 1973, she attended Ole John's film class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Three years later she switched to Bernd Becher's renowned photography class. She completed her studies in 1982.

During her time in Bernd Becher's class, Höfer increasingly began to focus on public spaces in her photographic works and to deliberately exclude people from her compositions. The depiction of deserted interiors was to be the photographer's international breakthrough. Already during the last years of her studies, her works were shown in numerous national solo and group exhibitions. The first major international exhibitions followed from the mid-1980s. She thus joins the ranks of successful Becher students such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth and is counted with them among the so-called Düsseldorfer 'Photoschule'.

Other milestones in her career include her participation in documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002 and the fact that she represented Germany at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 together with Martin Kippenberger. From 1997 to 2000 Höfer was a professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. She has been a member of the Media Section of the Free Academy of the Arts in Hamburg since 2003 and of the Class of the Arts in the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts since 2010.

Candida Höfer is one of the best-known German photographers today, celebrating great success both nationally and internationally. She has been a recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit since 2015 and was honoured with the Sony World Photography Award in London in 2018. Today Höfer lives and works in Cologne.  



  • 30.09.2022 – 10.04.2023 Candida Höfer – Liechtenstein - Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz.
  • 14.10.2022 – 22.02.2023 Museum Ludwig, Cologne - History of a Collection with Civic Commitments - The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
  • 22.09.2022 – 23.02.2023 Das Tier in Dir - MUMOK Wien.
  • 30.03.2022 – 31.07.2022 SCHINDLER HOUSE LOS ANGELES - MAK Wien.
  • 25.03.2022 – 28.08.2022 Bild und Raum. Candida Höfer - Museum für Fotografie, Berlin.
  • 19.06.2021 – 03.10.2021 Fotogeschichten zur Migration – Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne.
  • 21.03.2020 – 16.08.2020 SUBJEKT und OBJEKT. FOTO RHEIN RUHR – Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
  • 20.03.2021 – 29.09.2021 Groups and Spots – Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf.
  • 21.03.2020 – 16.08.2020 SUBJEKT und OBJEKT. FOTO RHEIN RUHR – Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.
  • 15.04.2018 – 06.01.2020 LICHTEMPFINDLICH. Fotografie aus der Sammlung Schaufler – Schauwerk, Sindelfingen.
  • 20.09.2019 – 13.01.2019 Der Flaneur - Vom Impressionismus bis zur Gegenwart – Kunstmuseum Bonn.
  • 17.03.2018 – 09.07.2018 CANDIDA HÖFER EN MÉXICO –Museo Amparo, Puebla.
  • 16.09.2017 – 31.10.2017 Deutschland 8 – German Art in Beijing – Yuan Art Museum, Beijing.
  • 27.04.2017 – 13.08.2017 Fotografien werden Bilder. Die Becher-Klasse – Städel Museum Frankfurt.
  • 19.11.2016 – 04.02.2017 Candida Höfer – Observations – Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne.
  • 01.10.2016 – 22.01.2017 Sammlung Viehof. Internationale Kunst Der Gegenwart – Deichtorhallen, Hamburg & Sammlungen Falkenberg.
  • 02.12.2015 – 28.05.2016 NO MAN'S LAND - Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
  • 16.08.2015 – 07.10.2015 CANDIDA HÖFER. ON METHODS - Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing.
  • 22.11.2014 – 24.06.2015 CANDIDA HÖFER CLOSER – Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.
  • 01.11.2014 – 08.02.2015 Candida Höfer - Düsseldorf – Kunstmuseum Luzern.
  • 28.06.2014 – 05.10.2015 Unbeugsam und ungebändigt: Dokumentarische Fotografie um 1979 – Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
  • 25.06.2014 – 19.09.2014 CANDIDA HÖFER: VILLA BORGHESE - Ben Brown Fine Arts, London.



  • 2018: Sony World Photography Awards, London.
  • 2015: Cologne-Fine-Art-Prize, Cologne.
  • 2015: Bundesverdienstkreuz.
  • 2007: Kunstpreis Finkenwerder, life's work.
  • 1987: ars viva-Prize from the Cultural Circle of the German Economy.



  • Candida Höfer. Nach Berlin, Marius Babias (Publ.), Berlin 2017.
  • Candida Höfer in Mexiko, Uta Grosenick, Herbert Burkert (Publ.), Berlin 2016.
  • Candida Höfer, Düsseldorf, Exhibition catalogue, Gunda Luyken (Publ.), Dusseldorf 2013.
  • Affinities, Ausstellungskatalog, Artipelag (Publ.), Munich 2012.
  • Candida Höfer, Haus Ludwig, Exhibition catalogue, Barbara Engelbach (Publ.), Nuremberg 2011.
  • Candida Höfer - Spaces of their own, Exhibition catalogue, Herbert Burkert, Luisa Castro, Enrique Vila-Matas, Munich 2010.
  • Candida Höfer, Philadelphia, Exhibition catalogue, Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen (Publ.), Munich 2010.
  • Candida Höfer, projects done, Exhibition catalogue, Markus Heinzelmann (Publ.), Cologne 2009.
  • Candida Höfer. Orte Jahre. Photographien 1968–1999, Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur (Publ.), Munich  Paris  London 1999.


Own Writings

  • Silent spaces, Candida Höfer & Rui Xavier, Berlin 2015.
  • Candida Höfer - Napoli,  Candida Höfer & Angela Tecce, Munich 2009.