Bernd + Hilla Becher

Bernd Becher: born in Siegen, starts 1947 apprenticeship as decoration painter. 1953-56, studies painting and lithography at the Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, under Karl Rossing. 1957-61, studies typography at the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts. From 1959, works together with Hilla Becher (born, Hilla Wobeser). Hilla Becher: born in Potsdam, trains as a camera artist under Walter Eichgrun. 1958-61, studies in Dusseldorf. Later establishes a photo department in the Academy there. 1961, marries Bernd.In Dusseldorf, both start working as freelance photographers for the Troost Advertising Agency, focusing on product photography. In addition - influenced by the works of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), a forerunner of Die Neue Sachlichkeit, and August Sander (1876-1964) the internationally known sociological photographer of the New Objectivity movement, but also Conceptual art and Minimalism (Ed Ruscha) - they begin photographing the disappearing German industrial architecture. They start with structures located in the Ruhr Valley, from a straightforward "objective" point of view. They work exclusively on overcast days, in order to avoid shadows. Subjects include industrial plant, water towers, cooling towers, barns, grain elevators, blast furnaces, coal bunkers, oil tanks, storage silos, and warehouses. They also photograph in other countries, including Britain, France, and Belgium, as well as North America, where they visit heavy industrial sites in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and southern Ontario.
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