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Water Tower, Verviers, Belgium
Bernd and Hilla Becher
(German, active 1959–2007)
1983, printed 1989
Gelatin silver print
59.3 x 47.0 cm. (23 3/6 x 18 1/2 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1992
Rights and Reproduction:
© Bernd and Hilla Becher
Not on view
Both as artists and teachers, Bernhard and Hilla Becher are among the most important figures in postwar German photography. For the last thirty years, the artists have examined the dilapidated industrial architecture of Europe and North America, from water towers and blast furnaces to the surrounding workers' houses. Photographing against a blank sky and without any pictorial tricks or effects, the artists treat these forgotten structures as the exotic specimens of a long-dead species.