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Photograph - Washery for coal, Tower Colliery, South Wales
  • Washery for coal, Tower Colliery, South Wales
    Becher, Bernhard, born 1931
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Washery for coal, Tower Colliery, South Wales

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Munich (published)
    Wales (photographed)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)
    1975 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Becher, Bernhard, born 1931 (maker)
    Becher, Hilla, born 1934 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Nigel Greenwood Inc. in 1975

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 13.3

The Bechers investigate the relationship between form and function, especially in regard to vernacular and industrial architecture. In many of their images they display a particular type of building in a grid, using repetition to facilitate comparison. This image of four cooling towers allows the same typological comparison in one image. The precise aesthetic that permeates the Bechers' work has had a great impact on the many photographers who have studied under them at the Düsseldorf Academy.

Place of Origin

Munich (published)
Wales (photographed)


20th century (made)
1975 (published)


Becher, Bernhard, born 1931 (maker)
Becher, Hilla, born 1934 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Height: 403 mm, Width: 497 mm

Object history note

This is the first of a portfolio of 14 prints: “Industrial Buildings” published by Schirmer/Mosel, Munich, 1975, in association with Ilea Sonnabend. Edition of 50, the photographs were printed by the artists and mounted on white card.

Descriptive line

'Washery for coal, Tower Colliery, South Wales'; photograph (gelatin-silver print) by Bernd and Hilda Becher, 1975, South Wales

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1975

Production Note

From a portfolio of 14 prints "Industrial Buildings" 1975.




Gelatin silver process; Photography




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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