Mexican architecture of Candida Höfer

Mexican architecture of Candida Höfer

Candida Höfer’s talent for capturing the true essence of a space is undeniable. Her large-scale images of architectural icons have given us a new and wonderful perspective on places we frequent everyday, such as libraries, theaters, office spaces, and waiting rooms.

In her latest work titled In Mexico , Höfer takes us to Mexico and lingers in some of the country’s most exquisite locations, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Iglesia de Santa Maria in Tonantzintla and Teatro Degollado and Hospicio Cabanas in Guadalajara. In each image, the viewer feels smaller and smaller as each photograph focuses on details that soon become overwhelmingly sublime without the presence of humans.

The series comes from the German photographer’s journey through Mexico in 2015. And if this doesn’t make you want to board a flight straight to CDMX, I don’t know what will. Höfer has beautifully captured 600 years of Mexican architectural history and given us a small glimpse into the wonders that await for those that visit these places.

Hospicio Cabañas Guadalajara III 2015,  © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Hospicio Cabañas Guadalajara III 2015, © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Edificio Basurto Ciudad de México I 2015  © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Edificio Basurto Ciudad de México I 2015 © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Iglesia de Santa Maria Tonantzintla I 2015  © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Iglesia de Santa Maria Tonantzintla I 2015 © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Convento de Santo Domingo Oaxaca IV 2015  © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Convento de Santo Domingo Oaxaca IV 2015 © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Written by Rachel Ruiz; Photos courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York

In Mexico is on view now at Sean Kelly Gallery until March 16, 2019.

Feature Image: Hospicio Cabañas Capilla Tolsá from Daniel Buren work in situ Guadalajara I 2015 © Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Rachel Ruiz-Oakley is the Managing Editor of Slide Night.