In some circumstances industry is alluded to as society’s grey area. This can be seen in the controversial relationship with images of the industrial world. For decades, photos of factories have been treated with total indifference and it was rather common for them to be thrown away when a company moved site. It is only recently that we have started to re-evaluate and retrieve them, thus realizing we have eliminated the evidence of almost half of the world, the history, the universe of industrial production: a world that provides a valuable key to understand our lives, our thought and our activities.
With this exhibition and the works of 47 photographers, MAST begins the writing of a history of industry and opens a discussion on industry itself, starting from its own photographic patrimony. (Curator: Urs Stahel)
Henrik Spohler, From Global Soul, 2008 Photo: Henrik Spohler ©
The mirror of industry
Cesare Colombo is the Italian expert in 19th to 21st century Italian industrial photography. He represents the most appropriate introduction to Foto Industria.
Convinced of the importance of the creative aspects in this field of photography, he has developed a fascinating and richly illustrated conference on the subject showing, the wide range of aesthetic forms of expression as well as the historical and social interest provoked with the discovery of these documentary photos.
Foto Industria taped this conference which is presented in the form of a 30 minutes permanent projection in the prestigious setting of Bologna University.
A pleasure for the senses as well as for its extremely valuable historical significance.
We miss Gabriele Basilico , who disappeared at the beginning of 2013. We miss his way of making us believe that nothing is banal.
His photos elevated the commonplace, not necessarily to make it more beautiful, but certainly to make it more interesting.
His highly precise frames and the right distance shots used to manipulate perspectives and symmetry enabled him to bring a sense of movement to solid mineral matter, making the frozen dynamic.
We thought we had already seen all his best photos. Here is a side that, apart a few photos, had never exhibited: corporate commissions.
Brian Griffin Annual Report 1974-2013
Harry Gruyaert Raw materials
For thirty years he has illustrated public relation or financial brochures (Arkema, Cogema, Renault, Ford, Areva, Fret SNCF…), internal communication events (Sollac).
The first exhibition of, the best of his corporate photographs.
Any corporation that commissions work to Massimo Siragusa is striving to appear strongly contemporary.
The beauty in his photography comes from a kind of radiance spread over the image while being set within a very strict context…
The success of this photographer shows the graphic maturity of his clients.
Many of the corporations he works for have based their brand image on refined industrial design, an italian specificity. Massimo Siragusa enhances the value of their product image by creating brilliant visual settings, while developing his own personality.
On the mines
David Goldblatt is one of today’s most important contemporary photographers both for his social commitment and for the quality of his compositions.
These photos were shot in the 1960s; the work is surprising for its toughness and diversity.
The mines are always a huge component of South African life. While they represent the country’s great wealth they also reveal its enormous social differences, they are emblematic of the complexity of the issues at stake in South Africa.
Foto Industria is the first in Europe to present this exhibition created by the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.
Airbus A 380
What a piece of luck to be able to follow an enormous industrial adventure from A to Z. And what luck that it was achieved by a photographer who knew how to calculate the perfect distance, showing the enormity, the human and technological adventure, the infrastructures, and the countless details.
In order to build the Airbus A 380, it seems that everything had to be invented from scratch: the buildings, the means of transport, the equipment, right down to the launching events in a exceptional scale.
And this is where the talent of the photographer comes in. How to convey the feeling of such enormity without compromising creativity. How to “make a picture” when everything is already so spectacular.
Step by step, three years’ work is revealed. Mark Power, e member of Magnum Photos, tells an industrial fairy tale.
Siobhan Doran The restorationThe complete restoration of a hotel as prestigious as the London Savoy is, at the same time, both a huge and délicate task. For a photographer, the work in progress is therefore a complex adventure. A sloughing metamorphosis revealing the Savoy’s skins as they are about to be shed, followed by the others gradually taking their place.
Although the Savoy was the first grand luxury hôtel in London in the 19th Century, it was also the first to be completely fitted with electric lighting and to possess electric lifts, at that time. Its full restoration has to achieve the sense of absolute luxury.
So it was not IBM’s policy to ask this great photographer to limit himself in delivering a specific message. He was given carte blanche all over the world to document people at work.
Deeply rooted in the working class tradition he also took photos of assembly lines, factory canteens, worker hiring… His tender but facetious eye did not fail to capture workers lying on a pile of car tyres when crossing the iconic site of l’Île Seguin at Billancourt.
Jacqueline Hassink The table of power 2
Applying an almost scientific protocol she photographed the Board Rooms of the largest world companies, without any presence.