Brooks Jensen Arts

Made of Steel

Folio I - Oregon

This folio includes the twelve images you see here, plus a single-fold signature that includes the story of the original inspiration for this project. My grandfather, John Shaker, was one of these old guys – a machine shop guy – and I remember him in his shop from my earliest youth. The text includes the story of “Two-bit Johnny” along with two professional photographs he had made in 1941 of himself and his employees. I’d never seen these photographs, but somehow the two negatives were preserved in the family archives. I inherited these two 5x7 negatives and scanned them for this project.

The images from Made of Steel, Folio I - Oregon are some of the earliest from this project. All of these images, save one, are from new scans of the original 2¼x3¼ film negatives. Brooms & Shovels is from a 5x7” negative I made in 1986 when I owned a large 5x7” camera for about a week – and then immediately sold and was glad to have done with it. I have never printed it – for the simple reason that I didn’t own an enlarger that could print such large negatives.

Folio of 12 prints

  • Overall dimensions 8x10½"
  • Images are approx. 7x9"
  • 12 Epson 4880 prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308
  • Three text sheets: title page, introduction, colophon
  • Embossed art paper folio enclosure
  • Number and signed by the photographer


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Made of Steel Folio II - Washington

Made of Steel 1