Monday, January 25

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Water Towers, 1972-95
"In June 1966, the German artist Hilla Becher, who has died aged 81, set off, together with her husband Bernd and their two-year-old son Max, to south Wales in a VW camper, towing an old caravan fitted out as a darkroom. They were there on a six-month British Council bursary to photograph the coalmines’ winding towers and processing plants. Whatever initial reservations the Welsh miners may have had about this unusual German family were overcome when they saw how determined and thorough Hilla and Bernd were with their photography. They used large-format plate cameras, and where necessary, ladders or even scaffolding to construct suitable vantage points from which to photograph. ..."
Guardian - Lost world: Bernd and Hilla Becher's legendary industrial photographs
W - Bernd and Hilla Becher
Fraenkel Gallery
YouTube: Bernd and Hilla Becher, 4 Decades [excerpt]