Blast Furnaces.
Photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher.
MIT Press, Cambridge, 1990. In English. 272 pp., 256 duotone illustrations, 9½x11¾".

Out of Print.

Second printing (1991)

Fine condition in Near Fine dust jacket (light rubbing and edge wear, 2mm stain on front panel, 2mm closed tear at crown of spine)

Typological, repetitive, and at times oddly humorous, the Bechers' photographs of industrial structures are, in their cumulative effect, profoundly moving. Blast Furnaces represents a continuation of—but also a counterpoint to—the Bechers' earlier book Watertowers, in which basic functional elements were hidden or clothed in disguises. In this book the prints record a purely functional and exposed architecture, built to contain heat, pressure and accumulations of gases, and unhindered by any outside constraints. 


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