Bernd and Hilla Becher (1931-2007, Germany; 1934-2015, Germany), a couple in both life and art, were among the most important photographers and teachers of their times. The Bechers inspired an entire generation of photographers who studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf since 1980. The Becher’s work dealt primarily with industrial buildings and components, such as water towers, granaries, cooling towers and conveyor belts. In many cases the photographs formed a total typology and were exhibited in grid layouts. Most of the Becher’s photographs were gathered into books, each dedicated to different photographic subjects. The Bechers received the Leone d’Oro award for lifetime achievement at the 1990 Venice Biennial, and the Hasselblad Award in 2004.
Related exhibition: The Towering Inferno