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.
- 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