Bernd and Hilla Bercher

The German couple Bernd and Hilla greatly influenced contemporary art. They took photographs of architectural structures such as tanks, water towers and furnaces. Cotton notes that they influenced contemporary art because they used photography as a medium of investigation, they are both documents and also conceptual art. They influenced and taught important photographers such as: Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Demand and Candida Hofer.  Their work has influenced both Landscape/Typology artists and photographers.


Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, Pitheads 1974, © Bernhard & Hilla Becher

  • Typology- study of or analysis or classification based on types or categories
  • Landscape- a : a picture representing a view of natural inland scenery b : the art of depicting such scenery
I personally do enjoy the Bercher’s work. My landscapes last semester were not directly influenced by them but I did look at the water towers and mill settings that they documented and photographed. Their work was not just categorization of industrial mills but were also depicted what an industrial world looks like, and that it can look similar wherever you are, that nothing is unique.

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