BERND AND HILLA BECHER, Kühltürme (Cooling Towers), 1963-1967 will be offered at Phillips London Auction 19 May 2016.
BERND AND HILLA BECHER, Kühltürme (Cooling Towers), 1963-1967 will be offered at Phillips London Auction 19 May 2016. Three gelatin silver prints. Each approximately 40 x 30 cm (15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.) Each signed and dated in ink by Bernd Becher on the recto; copyright credit stamp on the verso. Estimate £30,000 - 40,000. Left to right:
(i) Herne, Germany, 1965
(ii) Essen, Germany, 1963
(iii) Montceau-les-Mines, France, 1967
Bernhard Becher (August 20, 1931 – June 22, 2007), and Hilla Becher (September 2, 1934 – October 10, 2015), were German conceptual artists and photographers working as a collaborative duo. They are best known for their extensive series of photographic images, or typologies, of industrial buildings and structures, often organised in grids. As the founders of what has come to be known as the ‘Becher school’ they influenced generations of documentary photographers and artists. They have been awarded the Erasmus Prize and the Hasselblad Award (Source: Wikipedia).
‘All we did was to turn back the time to a photography of precision which is superior to the human eye.’ Bernd Becher
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