The book Industrial Photography from the collection of the MAST Foundation 2013-2014 covers all the items displayed in the first four exhibitions, staged between 2013 and 2014, in the MAST exhibition area in Bologna. Bilingual edition. Book design by Tassinari/Vetta.
The exhibitions were entitled: Industrial Worlds 2013; Industrial Worlds
2014; Human capital in industry and included photographs owned by the MAST Foundation.
The fourth exhibition, The Factory Photographs, presented 111 photographs, some from the foundation’s own collection, by film-maker David Lynch. As well as an introduction by Isabella Seragnoli, the book comprises the essay Photography and Industry by the curator of the MAST collection, Urs Stahel, and two special contributions about an exhibition of David Lynch’s photographs by Petra Giloy-Hirtz and Gian Luca Farinelli.
Reproductions of all the photographs that featured in each exhibition are preceded by short comments by famous scholars who have studied the history of modern industry from various points of view (from Karl Marx to Carlo M. Cipolla) and by text which describes the ways in which photography was interpreted in the 20th century (by Trista Tzara and Susan Sontang).
The book not only offers the most exhaustive information currently available about the history and development of industrial photography but also constitutes a unique tool for anyone studying the history of photography from its origins to the present day.
The works reproduced in the book include many masterpieces, from the series of rayograms from Man Ray’s Electricité portfolio to images by André
Kértes, August Renger-Patzsch, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Lewis Hine,
and others by Sebastião Salgado, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Margaret Bourke-White, Bill Brandt, Robert Doisneau, Walker Evans, Harry Gruyaert, Toshio Shibata, Simon Norfolk, Lee Friedlander, Peter Keetman, Timm Rautert and Walter Vogel. These are just some of the many photographs presented in exhibitions organized by the MAST Foundation.