Brooks Jensen Arts

Made of Steel

Folio V — Joe Sasak

I had a free weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the use of a rental car. On a whim, I decided to drive up to Green Bay to see where the Packers play football. I never got there. Along the back roads I passed Joe Sasak’s place near Leroy, Wisconsin. For mysterious and unknowable reasons, his place just called to me. I stopped and introduced myself. He asked if I wanted to see his shop. Two days later I left with a few rolls of film, memories of an experience – and a man – I will never forget, and an appreciation for a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. I revisited him two years later. He loved the photographs.

Made of Steel, Folio V - Joe Sasak is as much a tribute to honor Joe and the men like him as it is a memory of my weekend there. It was listening to Joe tell stories for two days that first made me realize this “photography project” was as much about their stories as it was about my images. I recorded Joe using a microcassette recorder. The stories in the text are transcription excerpts of our conversations. All of these images are from new scans of the original 2¼x3¼ film negatives.

Folio of 11 prints

  • Overall dimensions 8x10½"
  • Images are approx. 7x9"
  • 11 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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