Basic Forms

Bernd & Hilla Becher

During their 40-year career, Bernd and Hilla Becher created their own architectural typology as they photographed buildings in a unique style. Basic Forms represents the culmination of their career. Although the subject matter is unglamorous--mine shafts, blast furnaces, cooling towers, water towers, silos, and gas tanks--the Bechers' passion for their work imbues these photographs with beauty and solemnity. The Bechers restricted the conditions of each photograph--taking them early in the morning, on overcast days, so as to eliminate shadow and distribute light evenly. Each image is centered and frontally framed, its parallel lines set on an even plane. There are no human figures, nor are there birds in the sky. The result is a treasury of precisely functional architectural forms, a sublime example of conceptual artistic practices, and a series of "perfect sculptures of a bygone industrial age."

by Thierry De Duve (Author)

Basic Forms
Bernd & Hilla Becher
Prestel
2020
Disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, we will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Become a Member

Join for access to all issues, interviews, portfolios and photo culture
Sign up for €10 Yearly
More
Photo Books
Back to Books
Thank you! Your are now subscribed.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
© 2021 ARTDOC
Thank you! You are now subscribed.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.