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By These Hands: Portraits From The Factory Floor David L. Parker

By These Hands: Portraits From The Factory Floor

David L. Parker

Published November 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780873514422
Paperback
127 pages
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 About the Book 

From a foundry in which the very fires of hell seem to blast to an air-conditioned computer control room in which the workers appear casual and comfortable, David Parkers lens captures what Peter Rachleff calls a performance, a ritual, an exerciseMoreFrom a foundry in which the very fires of hell seem to blast to an air-conditioned computer control room in which the workers appear casual and comfortable, David Parkers lens captures what Peter Rachleff calls a performance, a ritual, an exercise centuries old -- men and women at work on factory floors. These photographs, taken in twenty plants in all parts of Minnesota, explore the common bonds of industrial labor. Whether its the Ford plant in St. Paul, the Potlatch paper mill in Cloquet, or the Toro engine manufacturer in Windom, Parker seeks to honor the collective genius of the American worker.Excerpts from interviews with the workers reveal their opinions on such diverse topics as health care and child care, union activity, immigrant labor, and the effects of globalization. Their words and these starkly beautiful photographs document industrial laborers and the factories in which they work, revealing how workers interact with each other and their environment and how the culture of labor is reflected in the jobs women and men do. An appendix provides a history and description of each workplace, detailing the magnitude of production and the constant ingenuity required to manufacture even the most common products. This book is a tribute to the women and men who process the foods we eat, manufacture the cars we drive, and produce the goods that make our lives comfortable.