Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Bechers: Typologies

The Bechers are by far the most famous photographers to create typologies. Their work mainly focused on industrial buildings:

These images are taken from their book 'Typologies'. The Bechers' started photographing these structures at the beginning on the decline of heavy industry in Germany. Feeling a need to document these places before they disappear they started to photograph them.
I have chosen to include them in my research for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious would be the idea of the typology. This is something I have been investigating within my own work. Although the subject matter is quite different the idea is very similar. The Bechers' chose to photograph these places so as to capture them forever on film. I feel the same about the allotments, I think that in a few years Health and Safety regulations will creep in and people will not be allowed to create these amazing hand built structures. I also think that the ideas are similar in the sense that these structures would be a very boring to some people, just part of the landscape and possibly even and eyesore. I feel that the same is true of allotments, they are such a part of everyday life that people don't notice how interesting they are. I feel that by capturing these places on film the Bechers' have made us realise how interesting they are, which is what I am hoping to achieve with my own work.
They have used a plate camera to capture these images which again has given them beautiful quality, something I am striving for within my own work.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on a well written and enlightening text. Sometimes it is hard to explain the fascination unusual things can cause.

    The work of the Bechers is truly inspirational. Keep up the good work, someone is sure to look at your pictures and find them inspirational too.