The Art of Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Zwei Fördertürme 1967, 2004, 2 pigment prints on photo rag paper, 75 x 60,5 cm (29½ x 23¾ in.) ea., signed, numbered, edition of 6

Bernd und Hilla Becher:„Zwei Fördertürme, Fosee Grenay No.1 Billy-Les-Mines, Nord-et-Pas de Calais, France", 1967

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Zwei Fördertürme 1967 / 2004’, 2 pigment prints on photo rag paper, 75 x 60,5 cm (29½ x 23¾ in.) ea., signed, numbered, edition of 6. Price upon request

About Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd Becher (* 1931 – † 2007) und Hilla Becher (* 1934 – 2015)  lifetime project of documenting the industrial landscape of our time secures their position in the canon of postwar photographers. Their work at once conceptual art, typological study, and topological documentation has influenced German photographers of a younger generation, including Thomas Struth, Thomas Demand, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff, and Andreas Gursky. Their work can be linked to the Neue Sachlichkeit movement of the 1920s and to such masters of German photography as Karl Blossfeldt, August Sander, and Albert Renger-Patzsch. Their photographs of industrial structures, taken over the course of forty years, are the most important body of work in independent objective photography. The functionalist and aesthetic dimensions of the Bechers’ subject matter, their typologizing which she is reminiscent of nineteenth-century naturalists’ classificatory schemes, and the anonymous industrial building style favored by German architects, have influence a whole generation. The Becher’s show that industrial building types impose themselves on our consciousness as the cathedral did on that of the Middle Ages, and that the Bechers’ photographs which seem at first glance only to record a vanishing landscape serve to examine this shaping of our perceptions. Their work provides us with a rare opportunity to see how we see.

More Artwork by Bernd and Hilla Becher

Bernd und Hilla Becher: ‚Wasserturm Kirkhamgate, Leeds – England‘, 1976, Pigmentdruck auf Chomalux Fotokarton, vorderseitig bezeichnet, verso datiert und handsigniert von Bernd Becher. Bildformat: 40 x 30 cm, Blattformat: 52 x 40 cmBernd and Hilla Becher: ‚Wasserturm Kirkhamgate, Leeds – England‘, 1976, Pigment print on Chomalux Photopaper, title on front, signed, dated numbered en verso. Size picture: 40 x 30 cm, size paper: 52 x 40 cm. Price upon request

Bernd & Hilla Becher: 'Monceau Fontaine Nr. 18, Charleroi, Belgien', 1975' (Druck 2002)

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Monceau Fontaine Nr. 18, Charleroi, Belgium’, 1975, original black and white gelatin silver print (7 1/8 x 9 3/4), (print 2002), numbered and signed in pencil on verso by Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, print edition 100, including the photo book ‘Industrielandschaften’ by Schirmer and Mosel, Munich, first edition, first printing, print and slipcase mint, new, unread. Limited slipcased edition of 100 hand-numbered copies, book in hardcover with dust jacket. 272 pages, size: 315 x 255 mm (9 3/4 x 12 inches) with 180 duotone plates. Photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher. German Text. Price upon request

Bernd & Hilla Becher. Walls and Conduits, 1991. 63 x 50cm, Ed. 100.

Bernd und Hilla Becher: ‘Walls and Conduits’, 1991, Lithograph, signed, numbered, edition of 100, size: 63 x 50 cm. Price upon request

Bernd und Hilla Becher: 'Wasserturm Trier-Ehrang, 1982', Original Silbergelatineabzg von 2009,  signiert und nummeriert, lim. Auflage 100 Exemplare, Format 18.5 x 24 cm

Bernd und Hilla Becher: ‘Wasserturm Trier-Ehrang’, 1982 / 2009, silver gelatine print, signed. numbered, edition of 100, size: 18.5 x 24 cm. Price upon request 

Bernd & Hilla Becher: “Wasserturm Mannheim“, 1976, glatter, dünner Karton, verso signiert und datiert, im Unterrand typografisch bezeichnet, Bildformat:  42,6 x 31,5 cm, Blattformat: 51,8 x 39,9 cm, Herausgegeben von der Griffelkunst-Vereinigung, Hamburg 1976.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: “Wasserturm Mannheim“, 1976, Lithograph, signed, dated, numbered en verso, titled on front, picture size: 42,6 x 31,5 cm, total size: 51,8 x 39,9 cm, Publisher: Griffelkunst-Vereinigung, Hamburg 1976.  Price upon request

Bernd und Hilla Becher: “Wasserturm Viviers, Belgien“ 1976, Original Fotografie auf Chromolux Fotokarton, verso mit Bleistift signiert und datiert: "Becher 76", im Unterrand typographisch bezeichnet, Titel: Wasserturm Verviers Belgien, Blattgröße: 51,8 x 40 cm, Motivgröße: 43 x 32,2 cm.

Bernd und Hilla Becher: “Wasserturm Viviers, Belgien“ 1976, original photo on chromolux photocarton, signed and dated en verso, titled on front : Wasserturm Verviers Belgien, picture size: 43 x 32,2 cm, total size: 51,8 x 40 cm.  Price upon request

BERND und HILLA BECHER, Pipe Detail: Coal Mine, 1990-1991, Duotone offset lithograph, 30 3/8 × 22 7/8 in, 77.2 × 58.1 cm, Edition of 75

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Coal Mine, Pipe, Detail’, 1990-1991, Lithograph, signed, numbered en verso, edition of 75, size:  77.2 × 58.1 cm – 30 3/8 × 22 7/8 in.  Price upon request

 

Bernd und Hilla Becher Wassertürme (Water Towers) 2007 Image IV from Typologies Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, 90 x 112 cm (35½ x 44"). Edition of 40, signed "B. + H. Becher" by Hilla Becher and numbered on verso.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Wassertürme (Water Towers)’, 2007, Image IV from Typologies, Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, size: 90 x 112 cm (35½ x 44″). Edition of 40, signed “B. + H. Becher” by Hilla Becher and numbered on verso. Price upon request

Bernd und Hilla Becher, Sechs Wassertürme 1976 Set of 6 offset lithographs, each print 52 x 40 cm (20½ x 15¾"), each signed on verso. Artist´s proof in addition to an edition of 385

Bernd und Hilla Becher: ‘Sechs Wassertürme’, 1976, Set of 6 offset lithographs, each print size: 52 x 40 cm / (20½ x 15¾”), each signed en verso. Artist´s proof in addition to an edition of 385. Price upon request

 

Bernd und Hilla Becher Gasbehälter (Gas Tanks) 2009 Image VII from Typologies Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, 90 x 112 cm (35½ x 44"). Edition of 40, signed "B. + H. Becher" on label verso by H. Becher, numbered.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Gasbehälter (Gas Tanks)’, 2009, Image VII from Typologies, Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, size: 90 x 112 cm (35½ x 44″). Edition of 40, signed “B. + H. Becher” on label verso by H. Becher, numbered. Price upon request

 

Bernd und Hilla Becher - Industriehallen (Industrial Facades) 2006 Image II from Typologies Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, 90 x 93 cm (35½ x 36½"). Edition of 40, signed and numbered on verso.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Industriehallen (Industrial Facades)’, 2006, Image II from Typologies, Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, size: 90 x 93 cm (35½ x 36½”). Edition of 40, signed and numbered on verso. Price upon request

 

Bernd und Hilla Becher Aufbereitungsanlagen (Preparation Plants) 2009 Image VI from Typologies Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, 90 x 110 cm (35½ x 43¼"). Edition of 40, signed "B. + H. Becher" on verso by H. Becher, numbered.

Bernd und Hilla Becher: ‘Aufbereitungsanlagen (Preparation Plants)’, 2009, Image VI from Typologies, Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, size: 90 x 110 cm (35½ x 43¼”). Edition of 40, signed “B. + H. Becher” on verso by H. Becher, numbered.  Price upon request

 

Bernd und Hilla Becher Kies- und Schotterwerke (Gravel Plants) 2006 Image III from Typologies Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, 90 x 112 cm (35½ x 44"). Edition of 40, signed and numbered on verso.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Kies- und Schotterwerke (Gravel Plants)’, 2006, Image III from Typologies Digital pigment print (Ditone) on photo paper, size: 90 x 112 cm (35½ x 44″). Edition of 40, signed and numbered on verso. Price upon request

Bernd & Hilla Becher. Framework Houses, 1993. 194 x 208cm, Ed. 100.

Bernd and Hilla Becher: ‘Framework Houses’, 1993, duotone offset print, Siegener Industriegebiet, (Industrial Area, Siegen), signed, numbered en verso, edition of 100, size: 194 x 208 cm. Price upon request

Bernd und Hilla Becher: 'Fachwerkhäuser' 1993, Siegener Industriegebiet, Portfolio mit 12 Duotone Offsetdrucken, Format je: 63 x 50 cm, (24¾ x 19¾ in.), jedes Exemplar signiert, nummeriert, lim, Auflage 50 Exemplare

Bernd und Hilla Becher: ‘Fachwerkhäuser (Framework Houses)’, 1993,  Siegener Industriegebiet, (Industrial Area, Siegen), Portfolio of 12 duotone offset prints, each print size: 63 x 50 cm, (24¾ x 19¾ in.), each signed and numbered. Edition of 50. Price upon request