Gas Holder, Finchley, London

Photograph
20th century (made), 1975 (published)
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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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gelatin-silver print
Brief Description
'Gas Holder, Finchley, London'; photograph (gelatin-silver print) by Bernd and Hilda Becher, 1975, England
Dimensions
  • Height: 403mm
  • Width: 497mm (Note: Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1975)
Credit line
Acquired from Nigel Greenwood Inc. in 1975
Object history
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.
Production
From a portfolio of 14 prints "Industrial Buildings" 1975.
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Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1975
Collection
Accession Number
CIRC.641-1975

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