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Cooling Towers, Bargoed Power Station, South of Wales.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Wales (photographed)
    Munich (published)

  • Date:

    1975 (made)
    20th century (made)
    1975 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 909, box B

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.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of an industrial building - cooling towers.

Place of Origin

Wales (photographed)
Munich (published)


1975 (made)
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

'Cooling Towers, Bargoed Power Station, South of 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




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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