Bernd Becher and Hilla BecherPitheads 1974

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Artwork details

Artist
Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher (1931‑2007, born 1934)
Title
Pitheads
Date 1974
Medium9 photographs, black and white, on paper on board
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 1133 x 1318 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1974
Reference
T01922
Not on display

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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