Jul 16, 2007

"Hot Pigs," Otis Steel Co., Cleveland

"Hot Pigs," Otis Steel Co., Cleveland


Margaret Bourke-White

(American, 1904–1971)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 34.1 x 25.8 cm (13 7/16 x 10 3/16 in.); Matted: 61 x 50.8 cm (24 x 20 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Albert A. Levin 1972.244


Did you know?

“Pigs” were small, oblong blocks molded from surplus molten steel; a grouping of the molds resembled a litter of piglets.


A leading photographer of her generation, Bourke-White launched her highly successful career in Cleveland. Captivated by dramatic scenes of industrial production, she received permission to photograph activities at the Otis Steel Company, a major firm with a mill located on the shore of Lake Erie and another on the bank of the Cuyahoga River. These images caught the attention of Henry Luce, founder of Time, Fortune, and Life magazines, who hired her to work as a photojournalist.

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