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Tribute to Hilla Becher

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The pictures below represent a tribute to the work of the famous German photographer Hilla Brecher (Sepetmber 2, 1934 – October 10, 2015). She established with her husband Bernd (August 20, 1931 – June 22, 2007) what came to be known as the “Dussendorf School of Photography” or “Becher’s School” .

The project begun in the 60s concerning industrial architectures and, in particular, the economic and territorial transformation taking place in those years. The innovative ideas of their work were to pull alongside images of furnaces, winding towers and architectural buildings in typological series and to take photos of the same building from different perspectives. This figurative procedure allowed them to create a catalogue of the developing industrial architecture putting in evidence details, structures out of their functional context.

Queste immagini rappresentano un omaggio al lavoro della fotografa tedesca Hilla Becher ( Settembre 2 1934 – 10 Ottobre 2015), che insieme a suo marito Bernd (20 Agosto 1931 – 22 Giugno 2007), ha fondato la scuola di fotografia contemporanea dell’Accademia di Düsseldorf. Il loro progetto,iniziato negli anni ’60, si è concentrato sul l’architettura industriale riuscendo a raccontare l’importante cambiamento in atto in quegli anni non solo economico ma anche territoriale. L’idea di affiancare gli scatti di diverse tipologie dello stesso manufatto o di riprendere la stessa architettura da diversi punti di vista ha pemesso di costruire una vera e proprio catalogazione dell’architettura industriale mettendone in luce i dettagli, le forme al di fuori del loro carattere prettamente funzionale.

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Photo credit in order of appearence:

Bernd and Hilla Becher – Wassertürme (Water Towers), 2007

Bernd and Hilla Becher – Gas Tanks (Gasometri), 2011

Bernd and Hilla Becher – Anonymous Sculptures, 1959 – 1972

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