Cheap Chinese steel, politically motivated desire for greener continents and epochal advances of production technologies in the last few years have been changing our world beyond recognition. The industrial revolution ended and the dinosaurs in the form of majestic blast furnaces and metallic-squeaking headframes are close to dying out. With the gradual attenuation of industry, a significant part of our culture that created the 20th century is disappearing in front of our eyes.

Viktor Mácha (1984) comes from Prague where he attended Theology and Religious Studies at Charles University. Since 2006 he has been travelling around the world at his own expense, documenting the heavy industrial sites such as iron works, steel works, rolling mills, forges, foundries and coke plants. Currently his archive comprises of several hundred mills stretching from the American Midwest to the Asian part of Russian Urals. For a number of years he has been cooperating with the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague and the National Heritage Institute in Ostrava.

The only aim of these photographs is to objectively document the technological processes connected with steel making and shaping.

It is possible that our generation will be one of the last to experience the fascinating world of dark, rumbling factories.

 

Media

Documentary movie about my industrial passion (2017, czech, english subtitles)

Interview for Nikon (2015, czech)

Report about my visit to ArcelorMittal North America (2015, english)

Interview for Prom-Front (2016, russian)

Interview for AnalogPhoto blog (2016, russian)

Interview for Radio Free Europe (2017, english)

Interview for Deník E15 (2018, czech)

Interview for Proti Šedi (2018, czech)

Furnace Elegy, Avaunt (2019, english)

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