Hilla and Bernd Becher invented a new genre of photography

German photographer Hilla Becher discusses her interest in capturing the changing industrial landscape on film, a project she, with and her husband and collaborator, Bernd, began in 1959. Their seemingly straightforward black-and-white pictures of water towers, coal tipples, gas holders, and other structures are in fact products of the Bechers’ radical, decades-long careers at the intersection of documentary photography, design, and Conceptual art.

A Tribute to Hilla Becher

On October 10, 2015, the photographer Hilla Becher passed away. Working with her husband, Bernd, Becher’s photographic portraits of industrial structures pioneered the style that came to be known as New Topographics. This is a tribute to her life and work.

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