Bernd Becher (born 1931 in Siegen, DE; died 2007) and Hilla Becher (born 1934 in Potsdam, DE; died 2015) were a German husband and wife artistic duo who lived and worked in Düsseldorf. As artists they were renowned for their images of Germany's forbidding water towers, blast furnaces, monolithic coalbunkers and industrial facades. Throughout their career they focused on architectural portraiture, photographing a range of industrial, and… Read more
About the artwork
In Aufbereitungsanlagen, the Bechers undertook an encyclopedic documentation of industrial-era buildings. Arranged in grid-like fashion, the imagesare characteristic of the husband-and-wife duo's oeuvre. The Bechers first collaborated in 1959 in Germany and over five decades they dedicated themselves to photographing industrial and engineering structures such as water towers and blast furnaces. They built up a collection of 16,000 negatives, never straying from their methodology: black and white photographs taken straight-on using long exposures on overcast days.