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Title

Framework houses

1959-1971
printed 2000

Artists

Bernd Becher

Germany

20 Aug 1931 - 22 Jun 2007

Hilla Becher

Germany

02 Sep 1934 - 10 Oct 2015

Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
Alternate image of Framework houses by Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    L2011.26.a-o
    Copyright
    © Bernd and Hilla Becher. Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery

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    Artist information
    Bernd Becher

    Works in the collection

    7

    Artist information
    Hilla Becher

    Works in the collection

    7

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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