Brooks Jensen Arts

Made of Steel

Folio III — The Central States

In the 1980s, my consulting work involved extensive travel throughout the U.S. Often, I’d have a speaking engagement on Friday in one state and another on Monday in a different state. It seemed silly to fly home to Oregon only to immediately get back on an airplane after only one night home. Instead, I’d just stay out the weekend and travel the two-lane highways looking for small towns and the garages, machine shops, and men I’d find there. I’d explain my project and the guys were always very willing to let me make photographs in their shops. I’d sometimes get a funny look when I pulled out my view camera from the trunk of the rental car, but no one ever denied me access to photograph.

Eight of the twelve images from Made of Steel, Folio III - The Central States are from the back roads of Texas – in the small towns in a triangle between Houston, the Gulf, and Dallas. Two are from the Sedalia Garage in Sedalia, Indiana, and one from Kansas. All of these images are from new scans of the original 2¼x3¼ film negatives.

Folio of 12 prints

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


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