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“Six German Photographers”

Sonnabend Gallery

In the ’60s, Bernd and Hilla Becher pioneered a style of documentary photography that, in its informational bent and reliance on serial methodology, was easily identified with other movements in Conceptual art flourishing on both sides of the Atlantic. Their photographs of industrial architecture, presented in grid format, played ceaselessly on the modulations of sameness and difference, prototype and variation. Aside from creating a very substantial photographic corpus, the Bechers have continued to play a prominent role in the (formerly West) German art scene as pedagogues at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. Serving as the channel through which the documentary tradition of August Sander was passed on to successive generations of German photographers, they did far more than just document industry; they created one.

These six photographers are all Becher students, and it comes as no surpirse

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