25 June 2007

Bernd Becher (1931-2007)

Bernd Becher, pictured here with his wife Hilla in an unattributed 2004 photo, has died. The pair are well known for their collaborative series depicting industrial structures of various sorts, including water towers, blast furnaces, gas tanks, industrial facades, mineheads, cooling towers, and grain elevators. Their influential large format work is relentlessly "objective" and typological in presentation.

“Pitheads 1974" © Bernd & Hilla Becher

P.S. (1 July 07) You can find the Obituary from The New York Times (26 June) here.

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Blogger Stan B. said...

The water towers- I love those water towers!

25 June, 2007 22:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i salute these guys. they may have modernized several industrial structures nowadays but still credit is to the recent years of development. great posts you've got in this site.

board and batten

23 July, 2007 23:49  

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