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Bernd and Hilla Becher, ‘Montabaur Westerwald, Germany’, 1989, Rago/Wright
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Montabaur Westerwald, Germany, 1989

Gelatin silver print
36 × 29 in
91.4 × 73.7 cm
Edition of 5
This is part of a limited edition set.
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This work is from the edition of 5.

This work is from the edition of 5.

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Bernd and Hilla Becher
German, 1931 and 1934
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Bernd and Hilla Becher worked collaboratively for nearly half a century documenting industrial German structures. In their “typologies”—series of objective black-and-white photos—the Bechers sought to illuminate and catalogue the similarities and variations in design among particular building types, such as framework houses, water towers, and blast furnaces. Exhibited in groups, the prints encourage comparison of form and function, and hint at the history and context of each structure. The Becher style would inform a generation of prominent photographers including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth. For the Bechers, to read their photographs was to know and understand deeply these beautiful, yet often forgotten, “sculptures.” The signature neutrality of each image demanded exacting camera angles and light conditions, their methods drawing from both architectural and landscape tradition and broadening the conceptual range and potential of documentary photography.

Bernd and Hilla Becher, ‘Montabaur Westerwald, Germany’, 1989, Rago/Wright
Bernd and Hilla Becher, ‘Montabaur Westerwald, Germany’, 1989, Rago/Wright
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About the work
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RW
Rago/Wright

This work is from the edition of 5.

This work is from the edition of 5.

Medium
Print
Bernd and Hilla Becher
German, 1931 and 1934
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Bernd and Hilla Becher worked collaboratively for nearly half a century documenting industrial German structures. In their “typologies”—series of objective black-and-white photos—the Bechers sought to illuminate and catalogue the similarities and variations in design among particular building types, such as framework houses, water towers, and blast furnaces. Exhibited in groups, the prints encourage comparison of form and function, and hint at the history and context of each structure. The Becher style would inform a generation of prominent photographers including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth. For the Bechers, to read their photographs was to know and understand deeply these beautiful, yet often forgotten, “sculptures.” The signature neutrality of each image demanded exacting camera angles and light conditions, their methods drawing from both architectural and landscape tradition and broadening the conceptual range and potential of documentary photography.

Montabaur Westerwald, Germany, 1989

Gelatin silver print
36 × 29 in
91.4 × 73.7 cm
Edition of 5
This is part of a limited edition set.
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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