Boris Becker: Residential building, 1992
“We are all familiar with the feeling that certain photographs, paintings or objects are somehow just waiting to be photographed, painted or created – which is why we often view the very existence of such works as the most natural thing in the world.“
(Boris Becker, 2006)
Boris Becker reflects upon a perceptual and creative process that begins with his immediate experience of reality, as he views everyday phenomena as part of the wealth of resources he has to work with. This 1992 photograph of a residential building turns out to be a sophisticated composition, where the interplay of forms, surfaces and colours combine to make a harmonious overall impression. The individual elements of the stand-alone building are visually accentuated to the point where the structure takes on a sculptural air. And, almost in passing, the photograph conveys additional information about a certain kind of dwelling and the personal taste and economic means of the inhabitants. References to historic contexts and topographical trends are also discernible in this image.
From about 1990 to 1993, Boris Becker spent a great deal of time documenting single-family dwellings as well as larger, more anonymous residential units. What particularly interests him about the architecture of the urban environment in general are the individual design elements expressed through the use of different materials and colours, in the case of facades, for instance, or building extensions. Becker also includes decorative front gardens and driveways in his photographs, right down to the tiniest embellishment, and the neighbourhood or setting of each building is equally significant in his eyes.
His photographs of residential buildings are held as a permanent loan to Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur. Along with a series of high-rise bunker images and selected colour photographs, some of which are large-scale pieces, the foundation thus houses a comprehensive range of Boris Becker’s work.
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln