Bernd Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]

 All we did was to turn back the time to a photography of precision which is superior to the human eye. 

Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]
[Photographer, b. 1934, Potsdam, d. 2015, Düsseldorf.]

 The question if this is a work of art or not is not very interesting for us. Probably it is situated in between the established categories. Anyway the audience which is interested in art would be the most open-minded and willing to think about it. 

Bernd Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]

 ...art schools used to put the fear of God into their students by asking them “Can you make a living out of that?” We wanted just the opposite and simply told them to make stuff first and then we’d go on from there. 

Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]
[Photographer, b. 1934, Potsdam, d. 2015, Düsseldorf.]

 This is about objects, not motifs. The photo is only a substitute for an object; it is unsuitable as a picture in its customary sense. 

Bernd Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]

 These things are so full of fantasy there is absolutely no sense in trying to paint them; I realized that no artist could have made them better. This is purely economic architecture. They throw it up, they use it, they misuse it, they throw it away. 

Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]
[Photographer, b. 1934, Potsdam, d. 2015, Düsseldorf.]

 We want to offer the audience a point of view, or rather a grammar, to understand and compare the different structures. Through photography, we try to arrange these shapes and render them comparable. To do so, the objects must be isolated from their context and freed from all association. 

Bernd Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]

 I’ve always said that we are documenting the sacred buildings of Calvinism. Calvinism rejects all forms of art and therefore never developed its own architecture. The buildings we photograph originate directly from this purely economical thinking. 

Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher
[Photographer, b. 1931, Siegen, Germany, d. 2007, Rostock, Germany.]
[Photographer, b. 1934, Potsdam, d. 2015, Düsseldorf.]

 We don’t agree with the depiction of buildings in the ‘20s and 1930s. Things were seen either from above or below which tended to monumentalize the object. This was exploited in terms of a socialistic view—a fresh view of the world, a new man, a new beginning. 
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