Quote of the Week by Bernd and Hilla Becher
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Quote of the Week by Bernd and Hilla Becher

1650700504 689 Quote of the Week by Bernd and Hilla Becher“…an ideal in photography: that one actually enters into the object, that one looks at it in such a way that afterwards one has a genuine love for it.” —Bernd (1931-2007) and Hilla Becher (1934-2015)

Bernd and Hilla Becher were German photographers whose systematic documentation of their country’s industrial landscape has served as the basis for an entire school of contemporary photography. Their black-and-white images served as visual case studies or typologies of disappearing architectural relics—water towers, grain silos, gas tanks—forming the basis of their practice. Bernd Becher (1931) met Hilla Wobeser (1934) while studying painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he later taught. Their romance prompted her to enroll at the school the following year, marking the start of their collaborative career. After the publication of their first book, Anonymous Sculptures, in 1970 their work gained wide acclaim among artists associated with minimalism and conceptualism. Their style has influenced a generation of photographers now known as the Düsseldorf School of Photography. Some of the notable contemporary artists who follow this practice include Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Candida Höfer. They are the recipients of the 2002 Erasmus Prize and the 2004 Hasselblad Award.  Today, their works are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery in London.


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