Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms
Date: Daily through September 14, 2008,
Location: West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center
Bernd and Hilla Becher began investigating basic forms of industrial architecture in Western Europe and the United States in 1959. Their collaboration has resulted in a body of work that is immediately recognizable for its spare and systematic style, an approach that is directly indebted to August Sander's categorization of basic social types by profession and class. Many of the Bechers' early images were taken in the Siegen district, where Sander's subjects had lived or worked half a century before.