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Factories for mining, carving, and refining of stones and minerals are structures from the “Stone Age” of industrialization. Finding them all over the world, Bernd and Hilla Becher documented them in their signature style, leading us back to the times when physical labor developed from a craft into organized manufacturing.
"Coal Mines and Steel Mills" features both wellknown and hitherto unpublished pictures of coal mines and iron works across the world. Given that the end of iron smelting and coal mining in Europe is only a matter of time, it provides a nostalgic series of striking industrial history images.