|The image shows Bernd Becher in 1968, while working in northern England photographed by his wife Hilla.|
On tuesday, photographer Hilla Becher received the "Großen Kulturpreis der Sparkassen-Kulutrstiftung Rheinland"- " Great Prize of the Sparkassen Culture Foundation of the Rhine-area" for her artistic lifetime achievement. With a trophy money of 30.000 Euros, it is the greatest prize money for culture in Germany. Together with her husband who passed away 2007, Bern and Hilla Becher worked collaborative duo and are best known for their extensive series of photographic images, or typologies, of industrial buildings and structures, often organised in grids. As the founders of what has come to be known as the ‘Becher school’ they influenced generations of documentary photographers and artists, including Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Thomas Ruff or Thomas Struth. The foundation awarded the unique lifework of Hilla Becher who, together with Bernd Becher, "was pioneering for the acceptance of photography in art" sais the director of the foundation Christoph Landscheidt. The cultural minister of North-Rhine Westphalia Ute Schäfer appreciates Becher as a contemporary witness of the industrial restructuring.