Újezd 19, Praha 1 - Malá Strana

11. 7. – 19. 8. 2018 VIKTOR MÁCHA – THE MILLS

© Viktor Mácha: Franklin – rod mill© Viktor Mácha: Galati – early evening below the furnace
© Viktor Mácha: Kosaya Gora – disposing of slag© Viktor Mácha: Krivoj Rog – sampling
© Viktor Mácha: Moskva – by a chamber© Viktor Mácha: Nikopol – ferromanganese foundry
© Viktor Mácha: Plzeň - light carrier© Viktor Mácha: Ruda Slaska – in a rolling mill

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 high furnaces and metallic-squeaking mining towers 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 competition between heavy industries such as iron works, steel works, mills, smitheries, foundries and carbon plants. Currently his archive comprises of several hundred smelteries 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 of Industrial Heritage at ČVUT Faculty in Prague and the National Memorial Institute in Opava.

The only aim of these photographs is to objectively document the technological processes connected with metal production. It is possible that our generation will be one of the last to experience the fascinating world of dark, bellowing factory floors.


© Nikon CEE GmbH, odštěpný závod, 2017