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Blast Furnaces by Bernd Becher
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These grotty industrial leviathans are strangely fascinating. The pictures are so meticulously conceived you can almost smell the scorched air, it's really quite romantic. Seriously though, the Bechers are deities of industrial photography, and the creepy almost organic appearance of some of these furnaces look as though they may have influenced some of H.R. Giger's work. My favorite photograph is the one of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, an astounding view of a soot-stained cemetery, the row houses where the steel workers lived, and the towering furnaces looming in the background. Fantastic. (I was going to complete my Becher trilogy by following this with Industrial Facades, but it went out of print before I could nab it and price became exorbitant. Sigh..)

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