The husband and wife team of Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing together in 1959. For over thirty years, they documented architectural forms they collectively referred to as “anonymous sculpture.” Their extensive series of water towers, blast furnaces, coal mine tipples, framework houses of mine workers, and other vernacular industrial architecture–often technologies on the verge of obsolescence–comprise an in-depth study of the intricate relationship between form and function.
Bernd & Hilla BecherLime Kiln [Kalköfen], Ten Boer, NL
Bernd & Hilla BecherFramework House: Oststraße 16, Freudenberg
Many books on their work are in publication, each titled after the industrial structure that they document.
Their work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others. In 2014, Hilla Becher was awarded the Grand Prize for Culture of the Sparkasse Cultural Foundation of Rhineland.