Mar 24, 2022
Mar 24, 2022

Man Pulling a Steel Ingot

Man Pulling a Steel Ingot

late 1920s

Margaret Bourke-White

(American, 1904–1971)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.6 x 17.3 cm (9 11/16 x 6 13/16 in.); Paper: 25.7 x 20.2 cm (10 1/8 x 7 15/16 in.)

Gift of William and Margaret Lipscomb 2021.211


Did you know?

As a woman, Margaret Bourke-White had to fight to be allowed to photograph inside Cleveland’s steel mills.


Capturing the glowing metal inside the dark steel mills posed considerable technical challenges which Bourke-White, with the help of generous colleagues, eventually overcame. It was those photographs of the steel industry that brought her national prominence. Here a single worker, set against a bank of machinery, demonstrates that manual labor was still an important part of the steel-making process in the 1920s.

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