Bernd Becher
Hilla Becher
Text by Armin Zweite
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2005, 1999, English
Nonfiction, Photography
ISBN: 9780262025652

From the Publisher. The Bechers’ photographs of industrial structures, taken over the course of 40 years, are an important body of work in independent objective photography. A keynote of their contributions to "industrial archaeology" has been their creation of typologies of different types of buildings; this book collects all known Becher studies of industrial building types and presents them as a visual encyclopedia. Each chapter is devoted to a different structure—water towers, coal bunkers, winding towers, breakers (ore, coal, and stone), lime kilns, grain elevators, blast furnaces, steel mills, and factory facades. These are organized according to typologies, most of which are presented as tableaux or suites of about twelve images each. The book contains close to 2,000 individual images. The accompanying text by Armin Zweite is an essential art historical consideration of the Bechers' work.

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See my comments on Industrial Landscapes by Bernd and Hilla Becher.

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