Becher, Bernd & Hilla: Fachwerkhäuser. Des Siegener Industriegebietes.
München, Schirmer / Mosel, 2000. 8vo. 24 x 21,2 cms. 20 pp. + 350 photographic plates. Text in German.
Publisher’s linen with pictorial dustjacket. Very fine.
Originally published in 1977 as the second book by the Bechers after "Anonyme Skulpturen" (1970).
In the Siegen area east of Cologne, one of the world's oldest iron-producing regions, the use of wood for building purposes was regulated since wood, in the form of charcoal, was the energy base for ironsmelting. This self-imposed restriction produced an ideal framework structure eliminating all purely ornamental construction elements. Documented by Bernd and Hilla Becher in their first complete photographic series.
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