Composition grander than the grand opera

Candida Hofer, Opera Garnier de Paris, 2005

Known for their technical precision, Candida Höfer’s large-format images of grand, surgically lit, and unoccupied interiors inspire us as we chase after the ever harmonious layout. Regardless of her subject matter—be it an ornate library or desolate school room—Höfer prioritizes her frame and an objective point of view over any single detail. Of these starkly honest interiors, her 2005 photograph of Paris’s grand opera house, Palais Garnier, is one of our favorites. 

Candida Höfer, “Palais Garnier Paris” (2005).