Bernd & Hilla Becher
Bernd Becher was born in 1931 in Siegen, Germany. Hilla Becher, (born Hilla Wobeser) was born in 1934 in Potsdam, Germany. The two met at the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, where they both studied painting in the late 1950s, and began collaboration in 1959. They were married in 1961 and began working as freelance photographers, concentrating on industrial photography.
The Becher's first gallery show was in 1963 at the Galerie Ruth Nohl in Siegen and by 1968 they were exhibiting in the United States as well as in European cities outside of Germany. They began showing at the Sonnabend Gallery in New York in 1972 and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London organized an exhibition of their work which toured the U.K. in 1974. A retrospective of the artist's work was organized by the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven in 1981 and in 1991, they won the Leone d'Oro award for sculpture at the Venice Biennale. Bernd and Hilla Becher are now both instructors in photography at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.