Photographs become pictures

Whenever you see a series of black and white photographs of industrial structures, laid out in a grid, there is a strong possibility that you are looking at the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher. They are renowned for their typologies. More information and examples of their work can be found at

The married couple, famed for their contribution to the New Topographics exhibition, founded what has come to be known as the ‘Becher school’ or the ‘Düsseldorf School’. Throughout their teaching career, Bernd and Hilla inspired many aspiring photographers to discover their own voice. Those students included: Volker Döhne, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Tata Ronkholz, Thomas Ruff, Jörg Sasse, Thomas Struth and Petra Wunderlich. With the Bechers as teachers, it's no wonder they went on to achieve great things in the world of photography!

Between the 27th April to 13th August 2017, the Staedel Museum will be exhibiting 'Photographs become pictures'. It will consist of 200 photographs of the Düsseldorf School students. This event will enable people to determine whether there are any similarities between the work of the Becher class, who shared the same teachers. 

The exhibition promises to address some interesting questions, especially when it is easy to view a photograph in isolation, within its frame. We rarely consider the photograph as a continuation of the photographer's own development.