Stonework and Lime Kilns
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Over the course of nearly five decades, Bernd and Hilla Becher documented almost every type of industrial architecture-from water towers and steel mills to gas tanks and grain silos-in Europe and the United States. Whether presenting single shots or their signature typologi - cal grids, the Bechers created a photographic testament to the industrial revolution that so emphatically shaped the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the same time, however, they also captured a much-older manufacturing tradition: the quarrying and processing of stones. This volume, an essential addition to the Bechers' body of work, is devoted to their photographs of rock-processing plants and lime kilns taken in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Great Britain throughout the 1980s and '90s. Each structure is unique, its details dependent upon the region and the date of its construction, and the book features buildings whose essential function is ancient but which remain important today. Although a small number of these images have been included in previous monographs, this is the first publication to showcase a comprehensive collection of the Bechers' study of stonework and lime kilns.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 270 x 290 x 27.94mm | 2,110g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrated in tritone throughout
  • 1597112526
  • 9781597112529
  • 667,602

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Over the course of nearly five decades, Bernd and Hilla Becher documented almost every type of industrial architecture from water towers and steel mills to gas tanks and grain elevators primarily in Europe and the United States. Whether presenting single shots or their signature typological grids, the Bechers created a photographic testament to the industrial revolution that so emphatically shaped the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At the same time, however, they also captured a much-older manufacturing tradition: the quarrying and processing of stones.
Since time immemorial, rocks and stones of all manner and composition have been extracted (usually in opencast mines) and used to build houses, churches, bridges, walls, and roads. Before stone can be employed in construction, however, the raw material has to be processed: washed, sorted, broken up, and sometimes pulverized in stone-crushing plants. Lime needs to be refined further in a series of steps that has been practiced for thousands of years: fired in special kilns and slaked in water basins, it is transformed into a construction material with a wide variety of applications.
This volume, an essential addition to the the Bechers body of work, is devoted to their photographs of rock-processing plants and lime kilns taking in Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, and Great Britain throughout the 1980s and 90s. Each structure is unique, its details dependent upon the region and the date of its construction, and the book features buildings whose essential function is ancient but which remain important today. Although a small number of these images have been included in previous monographs, this is the first publication to showcase a comprehensive collection of the Bechers study of stonework and lime kilns.

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About Bernd Becher

Hilla Becher met Bernd Becher at the Kunskatademie Dusseldorf and first collaborated in 1959, while working as freelance photographers. Their lifelong commitment has been the systematic documentation of industrial buildings, including water towers and cooling towers, blast furnaces, coal mines and steel mines, gas tanks, and grain elevators. Starting in the late 60s, their work gained worldwide visibility via exhibition in such venues as the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London: Documenta, Kassel, Germany; Bienal de Sao Paulo; Venice Bienale; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. The Bechers were influential professors at the Dusseldorf Art Academy between 1976 and 1996, training a generation of photographers now known collectively as the Dusseldorf School. The Bechers work is represented in major collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tate Gallery, London, and they have received numerous awards, among the the Erasmus Prize and the Hasselblad Award. Over a dozen monographs of their work have been published, all focusing on the many faces of industrial architecture. Hilla Becher met Bernd Becher at the Kunskatademie Dusseldorf and first collaborated in 1959, while working as freelance photographers. Their lifelong commitment has been the systematic documentation of industrial buildings, including water towers and cooling towers, blast furnaces, coal mines and steel mines, gas tanks, and grain elevators. Starting in the late 60s, their work gained worldwide visibility via exhibition in such venues as the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London: Documenta, Kassel, Germany; Bienal de Sao Paulo; Venice Bienale; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. The Bechers were influential professors at the Dusseldorf Art Academy between 1976 and 1996, training a generation of photographers now known collectively as the Dusseldorf School. The Bechers work is represented in major collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Tate Gallery, London, and they have received numerous awards, among the the Erasmus Prize and the Hasselblad Award. Over a dozen monographs of their work have been published, all focusing on the many faces of industrial architecture.
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