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Schirmer/mosel Verlag, Germany, 2002. Unpaged,

The Bechers are one of the true pillars of 20th century art-making, continuing in the artistic footsteps of such greats and fellow countrymen as August Sander and Karl Blossfeldt. Two books have recently been published, one of which present unpublished work, and another which celebrates their overall output. In an interview with the Bechers, Susanne Lange questions the team about this grouping of images which is less about individual components-houses, furnaces, or tipples-and more about the context of these industrial sites. The Bechers were awarded the Erasmus Prize this past October and Festschrift Erasmuspreis is the anthology published to accompany the award exhibition. A wonderful collection of their work is reproduced therein, and numerous artists, writers, and former students offered work in homage. But none surpass the hilariousness of Bernd Becher's poses for Douglas Huebler's "Variable Piece #101" from March 1973.

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