(Blast Furnace Plant) Mingo Junction, Ohio USA 1979
frame: 29 1/2 x 35 7/8 in. (74.9 x 91.1 cm)
Bernd and Hilla Becher (aka Bernhard and Hilla Becher)
(German photographers' partnership, established 1959)
Medium and Support:
silver gelatin print
Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63
Bernd and Hilla Becher describe this project in their 1990 book, titled Blast Furnances: “With some large industrial structures aesthetic additional are possible to a certain extent, but with blast furnaces heat, pressure, and gas generation overrule aesthetics. The blast furnace is like a body without a skin. Its insides are visible from the outside, organs, arteries and skeleton create its form.” This photograph of a Blast furnace was taken in Mingo Junction, Ohio in 1979 and illustrates a local connection to this project of global scope.