Framing not included
- Pigment Print
- Edition Size:
- 25.0 x 160.0 cm (9.8 x 63.0 in)
- Signed and numbered
About the Artwork
Shelves by German photographer Candida Höfer is a classic example of her fascination with public and cultural spaces. In this photograph the vast and symmetrical book lined walls of a multiple story gallery spread to the left and right and pull away tantalizingly down a middle corridor aligned with the center of the image.
"I think that because the people aren’t visible they are much more recognizable. You see that the rooms are made for people. Even when you don't see them, they are there."
As with her other photographs of similar spaces, there are no people in the image. The viewer is left with just the structure and is therefore invited to examine the walkways, ladders, and shelves, all devised and arranged to house thousands of pages of human knowledge. Her photographs dive into the psychology of social architecture, where buildings and infrastructure can reflect cultural identity. Building can seem to be oppressive, intimidating, contemporary, open, seductive, proud, pompus, accessible, inhospitable, showy and ostentatious. How the surface of a building, and its architectural infrastructure, effects you depends on your cultural perspective.
About the printing Technique
The term "pigment print" is used generally for any type of printed image that uses strictly pigments. Pigments can be either on a mineral basis or they can be an artificial product. The image stability of pigment printing is superior to that of any other method of printing.