At the Summer Exhibitions in the past, on the whole the Small Weston Room has been dedicated to tiny paintings all crammed in both horizontally and vertically way up the walls. From time to time, however, a change is made, and this year the room is dedicated to the photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher.
Water Towers: (Bahnhof)
It is wonderful to see just one group of their photographs of industrial buildings, but to have five groups is just such a bonus. The love, respect, and attention to detail shown in these disciplined photographs, showing disappearing industrial buildings as a kind of sculpture make these works thoroughly captivating. The multiples, the collections satisfy both in the similarities and the diversities shown.
I fell in love with their work when I saw a few of the photographs in the collection at the Pompidou Centre in Paris many years ago, and my admiration has grown steadily since then.