Bernd & Hilla Becher

A collaboration with Lauren Francesconi, this poster series on the subject of Bernd & Hilla Becher grew out of our fascination with pairs. These two photographers worked as a unit for their entire professional lives, producing thousands of finely crafted photographic typologies over the course of 40 years. We sought to produce a pair of posters that addressed each member of the pair individually as well as collectively.

Together the posters address the relationship between the individual and the collective, and between art and the the notion of the archive.

The posters are four inches high and twenty feet long each, but are connected only at one end. The Bernd side of the set contains information about the conceptual motivation for their work — the need to archive architectural evidence of the early Industrial Revolution in Europe — and data on every gallery show the two did.

The Hilla side is devoted to the fine craft of black and white photography, which was her contribution to the couple's work, and contains every typology they ever produced.