First edition of the Becher’s first major photobook with black-and-white photogravure plates. Anonyme Skulpturen: A Typology of Technical Constructions. TITLE: Anonyme Skulpturen – Anonymous Sculptures. A typography of technical constructions. BY: Bernhard and Hilla Becher PUBLISHED: , Art-Press. Text in German, French, and English. After meeting as students in Düsseldorf, Bernd and Hilla Becher began systematically photographing the buildings of the .

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I n the monograph Anonymous Sculptures the conceptual artists Bernhard and Hildgard Becher grouped clinically shot large format black and white images of uniform but non-identical structures in a way that exposed the differences and the similarities of these structures in a compelling way.

Bernd and Hilla Becher

Often they waited for days for the required flat non-expressive light so that each structure could xkulpturen recorded in the same highly-standardised manner, a manner that alludes to earlier traditions in German photography. Photo Histories is not responsible for third party content such as adverts and websites linked to from photohistories.


Here we have the lime-kilns, cooling towers, blast-furnaces, winding-towers, water-towers, gas-holders and silos of industrialised Western Europe categorised into prototypes of the pot, the oven, the chimney, the winch, the pump, and the laboratory.

Look on the walls of any gallery showing photography as art today and you will see their legacy.

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Books to shop at anzenbergergallery-bookshop. A typography of technical constructions. Anonyme Skulpturenthough it hardly neglects the informational importance of their practice, seems much more about making an aesthetic statement and establishing the artists’ position in late twentieth-century art.

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Hardcover, cloth bound with dustjacket, black and white photographs of lime-kins, cooling towers, blast furnaces, winding-towers, water-towers, gas-holders and silos. For those who are more interested in the Bechers as artists than as industrial archaeologists, this is the one to have on one’s shelf.

For the viewer it is a game of comparison and awareness that encourages them to return to their own environment with fresh insight. Eine Typologie technischer Bauten.