Bernd & Hilla Becher

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Jeff L. Rosenheim; With essays by Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Virginia Heckert, and Lucy Sante, and an interview with Max Becher

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The first comprehensive, posthumous monograph and retrospective on Bernd and Hilla Becher, best known for their photographs of industrial structures in Europe and North America

For more than five decades, Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla (1934–2015) Becher collaborated on photographs of industrial architecture in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, and the United States. This sweeping monograph features the Bechers’ quintessential pictures, which present water towers, gas tanks, blast furnaces, and more as sculptural objects. Beyond the Bechers’ iconic Typologies, the book includes Bernd’s early drawings, Hilla’s independent photographs, and excerpts from their notes, sketchbooks, and journals. The book’s authors offer new insights into the development of the artists’ process, their work’s conceptual underpinnings, the photographers’ relationship to deindustrialization, and the artists’ legacy. An essay by award-winning cultural historian Lucy Sante and an interview with Max Becher, the artists’ son, make this volume an unrivaled look into the Bechers’ art, life, and career.



Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press

Jeff L. Rosenheim is Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(July 11–October 30, 2022)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
(Fall 2022–Spring 2023)

ISBN: 9781588397553
Publication Date: August 2, 2022
Publishing Partner: Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
282 pages, 9 3/8 x 10 3/4
217 duotone illus.

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