The Düsseldorf School of Photography.
Edited with text by Stefan Gronert.
Aperture, 2010. 320 pp., 118 illustrations, 44 black & white, 10½x12¼".
The German photographic movement commonly known as the
Düsseldorf School of Photography has become synonymous with
artistic excellence and innovation. It began in the mid-1970s at
the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, under the instruction of the photographers
Bernd and Hilla Becher, known for their comparative
grids of mundane industrial buildings captured with an objective
and clinical eye. This school has not only birthed some of
today’s most important and successful photographers, but has
also had a fundamental and lasting influence on the history of
the medium. The Düsseldorf School of Photography presents over
160 images in a spectacular overview of the breadth of the
Düsseldorf School from the early 1970s to today. This impeccable
survey is filled with superb reproductions of the best-known
photographs by three generations of key Düsseldorf artists:
Bernd and Hilla Becher, Laurenz Berges, Elger Esser, Andreas
Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Simone Nieweg, Thomas Ruff,
Jörg Sasse, Thomas Struth and PetraWunderlich.With a scholarly
text, extensive artist bios and a plate section dedicated to each
of these artists, The Düsseldorf School of Photography offers the
first comprehensive assessment of this important photographic
movement—one that dominates the salesrooms and museums
of our times.