"Bernd & Hilla Becher" by Jeff L.              Rosenheim

Bernd & Hilla Becher Jeff L. Rosenheim, Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, Virginia Heckert, Lucy Sante, Max Becher

Publication date:
19 Jul 2022
Metropolitan Museum of Art
304 pages: 273 x 238mm
150 duotone illus.
Sales territories:
World excluding Germany, Austria, and Switzerland


The first comprehensive, posthumous monograph and retrospective on Bernd and Hilla Becher, best known for their photographs of industrial structures in Europe and North America

For more than five decades, Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla (1934–2015) Becher collaborated on extraordinary photographs of industrial architecture in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Great Britain, and the United States. This sweeping monograph features 150 of the Bechers’ quintessential pictures of water towers, gas tanks, and blast furnaces that became sculptural objects through their lens and presentation methods. Also included are little-known or unpublished works beyond the Bechers’ iconic Typologies, such as Bernd’s early drawings, Hilla’s independent photographs, and excerpts from their notes, sketchbooks, and journals. Essays by Virginia Heckert and Gabriele Conrath-Scholl offer new insights into the development of the artists’ exacting process; their work’s precedents and conceptual underpinnings; and their legacy. Award-winning cultural historian Lucy Sante places the Bechers’ photographs within the context of deindustrialization and its impact on the physical and cultural landscape. An interview with Max Becher, the artists’ son, explores their artistic methods and collaborative relationship. Showcasing the photographic, architectural, and emotional aspects of their starkly beautiful work, this volume offers an unrivaled look into the Bechers’ art alongside their career, life, and subjects.

Jeff L. Rosenheim is Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
(July 11–October 30, 2022)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
(Fall 2022–Spring 2023)