A group of students at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf in the mid 1970s who studied under the influential photographers Bernd and Hiller Becher

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  • Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher, 'Pitheads' 1974

    Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher
    Pitheads 1974
    Photograph on board
    unconfirmed: 1133 x 1318 mm
    Purchased 1974 Bernd & Hilla Becher

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  • Andreas Gursky, 'Centre Georges Pompidou' 1995

    Andreas Gursky
    Centre Georges Pompidou 1995
    Photograph on paper
    image: 1376 x 2630 mm
    Presented by Herzog and de Meuron, architects of Tate Modern 2000 Courtesy Monika Sprueth Galerie, Koeln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2005

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  • Thomas Struth, 'Shinju-ku (Skyscrapers), Tokyo 1986' 1986

    Thomas Struth
    Shinju-ku (Skyscrapers), Tokyo 1986 1986
    Photograph on paper
    image: 421 x 584 mm
    Purchased 1995 Thomas Struth

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Known for their rigorous devotion to the 1920s German tradition of Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), the Bechers’ photographs were clear, black and white pictures of industrial archetypes (pitheads, water towers, coal bunkers).

Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth modified the approach of their teachers by applying new technical possibilities and a personal and contemporary vision, while retaining the documentary method their tutors propounded.