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Bernd and Hilla Becher

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Bernhard "Bernd" Becher (1931 – 2007), and Hilla Becher (1934 – 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’ or the ‘Düsseldorf School’ they influenced generations of documentary photographers and artists. The Becher's past students include Volker Döhne, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Tata Ronkholz, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, Thomas Struth, Matthias Koch and Petra Wunderlich.

Their work continues to be exhibited internationally and is held in many public collections including: Tate Gallery (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Getty Museum (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago) and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Fort Worth).

They have been awarded the Cultural Award from the German Society for Photography (DGPh), Erasmus Prize and the Hasselblad Award.


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