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Bernd Becher (German, 1931-2007) & Hilla Becher (German b. 1934)


Bernd & Hilla Becher (German, 1931-2007)

German artists, Bernd Becher (German, 1931-2007) Hilla (Wobeser) Becher (German b. 1934) began their lifelong collaboration photographing industrial architectural structures in 1959. They spent over 40 years documenting the ruins of the industrial age throughout the world. The Becher’s took photographs of blast furnaces in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Austria, Germany and the United States. In addition to capturing blast furnaces, they also photographed oil refineries, grain elevators, gas tanks and storage silos. Bernd studied painting at the Staatlicke Akadmie der Bildenden Kunste Stuttgart and typography at the Dusseldorfer Kunstakademic. He met Hilla at the Dusseldorfer Kunstakademic where she was studying photography. Their photographs are featured at major collections throughout the world. In addition to representing Germany in the 1990 Venice Biennale, they have had retrospectives of their work at the Centre Georges Pomidou, Paris in 2005 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2008.


photo from: Vogtle Contemporary (



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