CANDIDA HÖFER (b. 1944, Eberswalde). From 1973 to 1982 she studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, initially in the film class of Ole John, before becoming one of the first to move into the newly founded class of Bernd and Hilla Becher together with internationally acclaimed artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Axel Hütte, and Thomas Ruff pertaining to the so-called Düsseldorf School. She conceives photography as a conceptual tool to archive portraits of places. Her works were extensively exhibited all around the world in solo exhibitions held in Basel and Bern Kunsthalle, Essen Museum Folkwang, Paris Musée du Louvre, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Kunstmuseum Luzerne; and in group exhibitions held in MoMA, Guggenheim Bilbao, Documenta XI, and Kassel, to name few. In 2003, she represented Germany at the Venice Biennale (with Martin Kippenberger). Her works are represented in numerous public and private collections including the following institutions: Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Frankfurt; Portikus, Frankfurt; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Power Plant, Toronto; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; DG Bank Collection; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthalle Bern; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Tate Modern, London. She lives and works in Cologne.