The artists’ most immediately recognizable work, the typologies group several photographs of a single category of industrial structure, such as cooling towers or blast furnaces. Presented together in a grid, subtle variations emerge among these homogeneous structures.
Bernd & Hilla BecherIndustrial Forms
nine gelatin silver prints, 41 x 29-1/2 inches (framed) [104.1 x 74.9 cm]
Bernd & Hilla BecherBlast Furnaces, Volklingen, Saar District
four gelatin silver prints, 36 x 123 inches (overall installed) [91.4 x 312.4 cm]
The domestic buildings and industrial structures, uniformly composed within the frame, are presented as studies of utilitarian sculpture. As Hilla Becher has said of the couple’s architectural subjects, “They are functional, and they reflect what they do.”