Bernd and Hilla Becher at MoMA.

Bernd and Hilla Becher at MoMA.

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June 4 2008 7:00 AM

Industrial-Strength Art

The photographers who found beauty in the factory.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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