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Watertowers

Hilla Becher (German, 1934-) Bernd Becher (German, 1931-2007)


A carefully arranged grid of photographs shows nine different watertowers. The similarities between the structures show that they are nine of a type, but also show their variations in architecture and location.

Hilla and Bernd Becher have been operating on the cusp of conceptualism and documentary photography since the early sixties. In their work, they have traveled around the world, photographing and classifying industrial buildings and structures that are gradually disappearing from the modern landscape. Their photographic grids demonstrate both the similarity of these structures and the slight deviations that will occur within typologies.

Object Information

artist
Hilla Becher (German, 1934-)
artist
Bernd Becher (German, 1931-2007)
creation date
1997
materials
gelatin silver print laid down to mount
dimensions
22-3/8 x 18-1/4 x 1-1/8 in. (each panel, framed)
accession number
1998.36A-I
credit line
Gift of the Contemporary Art Society
copyright
© Hilla and Bernd Becher
collection
Contemporary Art
colors