Flame Cutting, Press Forge #2 by Peter Treiber
© 2010 Peter Treiber
Honorable Mention 6.
      Juror's Comment

      From Stephen Johnson:

      Pure energy depicted pure energy in movement

    • Title: Flame Cutting, Press Forge #2
    • Artist: Peter Treiber
    • From: Bethlehem, PA USA

    • e-mail: Peter@ptphoto.com
    • Phone: + 1 (610) 867-3303
    • URL: www.ptphoto.com
    • Address: 917 Highland Ave
      Bethlehem, PA 18018, USA

    Artist Statement

    From December 1904 until its sale in May 2003 – Bethlehem Steel was the second-largest steel company in the United States. The early and tremendous successes of Bethlehem earned the company a position on the Dow Jones Industrial Index in 1918, and was the darling of Wall Street for many years. During its life, it was a global company, engaged in extraction of raw materials and, during World War II, the world’s largest shipbuilder. Bethlehem employed over one million workers. Some lost their lives on the job.

    From from 1977 through 2000, I photographed operations at Bethlehem Steel and its clients’ projects across America. All of the photographs were made when the mills were in full operation and clearly show the beauty, scale, and danger of steel making. In 2008, I published my best photographs in the book; Inside Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century, text by Elizabeth Kovach.

    This book captures the images of steel production at the once great company, its history, and the emotions of its employees during the long, but futile, effort to survive. This photograph “Flame Cutting, Press Forge #2" is the signature image from the book. The shape of the man has been drawn by the light from chunks of burning steel resulting from cutting the end off a 400 ton forging using pure oxygen.