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(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) Primary

Medium and Support: silver gelatin print
Credit Line: Gund Gallery Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund ’63
Accession Number: 2015.2.3
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.

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