Author(s): Candida Hofer
The Portuguese filmmaker Rui Xavier (b. Porto, 1974; lives and w orks inLisbon)spent two years shadowing the world-renowned photographer CandidaHofer (b. Eberswalde, 1944; lives and works in Cologne). Hofer, who studiedwith Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Dusseldorf Academy of Arts, is knownfor her haunting pictures of libraries, museums, theaters, and opera houses.Xavier's film--a DVD is included with the book--shows the artist as shetakes pictures, works in the studio and at home, and prepares exhibitions infar-flung locations including Dusseldorf, London, and Sao Paulo. Xavier hascreated a dense and empathetic portrait of the artist; confident in the powerof his visuals, he has made a film without words. Reproductions of selectedmajor works by Candida Hofer that appear in the film, a note by her on workingwith Rui Xavier, an introduction by Herbert Burkert, film stills, and anessay by Xavier shed light on the background and the making of the film aswell as the artist's oeuvre."