Bernd & Hilla Becher

Bernd & Hilla Becher
Library Shelf Location 18.BECH
Publication Date 19 Jul 2022

The first comprehensive, posthumous monograph and retrospective on Bernd and Hilla Becher, best known for their photographs of industrial structures in Europe and North America

For more than five decades, Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla (1934–2015) Becher collaborated on photographs of industrial architecture in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, and the United States. This sweeping monograph features the Bechers’ quintessential pictures, which present water towers, gas tanks, blast furnaces, and more as sculptural objects. Beyond the Bechers’ iconic Typologies, the book includes Bernd’s early drawings, Hilla’s independent photographs, and excerpts from their notes, sketchbooks, and journals. The book’s authors offer new insights into the development of the artists’ process, their work’s conceptual underpinnings, the photographers’ relationship to deindustrialization, and the artists’ legacy. An essay by award-winning cultural historian Lucy Sante and an interview with Max Becher, the artists’ son, make this volume an unrivaled look into the Bechers’ art, life, and career.

ISBN 9781588397553
Pages 282pp, 27 x 23cm
Authors Jeff L. Rosenheim, Virginia Heckert, Lucy Sante, Max Becher, Gabriele Conrath-Scholl
Format Hardcover
Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Related Artist Bernd and Hilla Becher
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords photography, analogue photography, Industrial photography, Landscape photography, Black-and-white photography, Industrial Decline, Industrial

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