1959 beginning of the collaboration between Bernd and Hilla Becher, who married in 1961. 1972-1973 guest lecturer at the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg. 1976 to 1996 Bernd Becher is, in close collaboration with his wife, professor at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. 1990 Golden Lion at the 44th Venice Biennale. 1994 Kaiserring from the City of Goslar. 2001 State Prize from North Rhine-Westphalia. 2002 Erasmus Prize, Amsterdam. 2004 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, Göteborg. 2014 Rheinischer Kulturpreis from the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland.