Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher
Coal Bunkers 1974

Artwork details

Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher 1931–2007, 1934–2015
Coal Bunkers
Date 1974
Medium 9 photographs, black and white, on paper on board
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1495 x 1003 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1974

Display caption

Husband and wife team Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing old industrial sites in the 1950s, and described their subjects as ‘buildings where anonymity is accepted to be the style’. The coal bunkers in these photographs were located in Germany, France and Britain, while the photographs of pitheads were all taken at British collieries between 1965 and 1973. Within a few years of completing this work, almost all of the structures had been demolished.

May 2010

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