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Candida Hofer: Libraries

Candida Hofer: Libraries
Library Shelf Location 18.HOFE
Publication Date 2005
Description Candida Höfer's photographs of libraries 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 Höfer’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 Bibliothèque 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 Höfer’s trademark, these pictures radiate a comforting serenity that is exceptional in contemporary photography.
ISBN 9780500543146
Quantity 1
Pages 271 p. : ill. ; 31 cm.
Author Umberto Eco
Format Hardback
Publisher Thames and Hudson Ltd, London
Related Artist Candida Hofer
Category Photography
Keywords Interiors, Libraries
Artist's Nationality German
Language English

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