This is a 1960 shot of the coke ovens and foundry
at the Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn. I shot this
time exposure with a 4x5 camera, Kodak BW sheet film that was developed in D76. This scan is from an 8x10 print I made. PP work included some spotting and slight gamma adjustment.
The historic Ford Rouge Plant in Dearborn is the
home of the auto industry where mass production of the automobile first began. It was the world's largest industrial complex at the time employing 81,000 workers and was built on the Rouge River in Dearborn, Michigan, it included everything needed for automobile production: a steel mill, glass factory, and automobile assembly line. Iron ore and coal were brought in to the foundry on Great Lakes steamers and by railroad and were used to produce iron and steel. Rolling mills, forges, and assembly shops transformed the steel into springs, axles, and car bodies. The foundries converted iron into engine blocks and cylinder heads that were assembled with other components into engines. production.
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