TABLE OF CONTENTS

passages

Hilla Becher

Hilla Becher, untitled study, ca. 1960, gelatin silver print.

THE NEWS reached me in Mexico while I was taking photographs. It came as a great shock to me. I needed a break; later, I did find some comfort in continuing to take photographs. I had last seen Hilla just a week before I left Cologne. I found her in very good spirits. We embraced and planned to see each other again after my return.

She had always followed what I was doing with a relaxed, unstrained continuity. Relaxed and unstrained are also the key words for Hilla’s and Bernd’s respective approaches to teaching, as different as they were from each other. Everything was about experiencing art as such, not just photography, and exchanging our impressions and experiences. Hilla had been more patient—she could make complicated matters simple, and explain them very clearly—and she had a fine sense of humor, which my slow wit took its own time to decode.

I always had the feeling

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW at the special holiday rate of $45 a year—70% off the newsstand price. You’ll receive the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the January 2016 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.