Bernd and Hilla Becher, Photographs, 1983-2002

Commentary by Mark Auslander

What are your reactions as you look at this row of houses? They all seem to stare straight ahead at us, as if assembled for a police line up. Indeed, these photographs by Bernd and Hilla Becher of prewar houses, all shot from the same angle, constitute a relentless interrogation of their subjects. Which one would you pick out of the line up? Does one look particularly guilty? Does one look particularly innocent? If eyes are the windows of the soul, what secrets might these windows promise entry into?