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Title

Framework houses


Artists

Bernd Becher

Germany

20 Aug 1931 - 22 Jun 2007

Hilla Becher

Germany

02 Sep 1934 -


About

Since 1959 Bernd and Hilla Becher have produced photographs of industrial and domestic architecture. Their ordered images (which they call ‘typologies’) of blast furnaces, cooling towers, silos and workers’ houses record the monuments of a rapidly diminishing industrial era. However, the Bechers were equally driven by aesthetic considerations, with photographs of like objects assembled into groups where precise lighting and tonal density give equivalent weight to each visual element.

The Bechers’ typological practice has been associated with the formal and serial repetition espoused by minimal and conceptual art of the 1960s. Despite these connections, however, their photography has sat largely outside trends in art practice, the artists maintaining a rigorously systematic approach to their chosen subject matter. The Bechers belong to a distinguished tradition of early 20th-century German photography exemplified by the work of August Sander, Albert Renger-Patzsch and Karl Blossfeldt, all of whom contributed in different ways to the definition of ‘objective’ photography.


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Details


Dates

1959-1971
printed 2000


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

15 gelatin silver photographs


Dimensions

15 photographs: each 40.0 x 30.5 cm sight; 56.5 x 46.5 x 2.8 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales


Location

Not on display


Accession number

L2011.26.a-o


Artist information

Bernd Becher

Works in the collection

7

Artist information

Hilla Becher

Works in the collection

7


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 60.

Susanne Lange, Bernd and Hilla Becher: life and work, 2007, 131 (illus.). no.26, illustration of 13 works

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, 220, 222-23 (illus.).