Began taking portraits of modern industrial buildings in old factory sites in 1959.
Bernd Becher was born in 1931, in siegen, germany, studied painting and lithography and later, typography.
Hilla (wobese) Becher was born in 1934, in potsdam, germany. She studied painting at the
kunstakademie düsseldorf, where she met bernd becher.
The two artists first collaborated in 1959 and they married in 1961. they began working as freelance photographers, concentrating on industrial photography. In 1991, the artists won the leone d’oro award for sculpture at the venice biennale. this was possible because in 1969, the artists had called the architectural subject matter of their photographs, ‘anonymous sculpture’.
Their black-and-white images are all taken in the same clinical manner: a front and profile angle provide a clear and objective documentation of each structure, the building is placed in the centre of the frame
and isolated from its environment. the mass of photos are made coherent through categorisation into typologies, revealing the vast diversity of objects all with the same purpose. non-identical, yet uniform the idiosyncratic differences and similarities become fascinating.
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