David Maurer: Machines and workers reportage for Foundry
David Maurer shot his latest series amongst hissing machines, furnaces and molten metal. Once David began photographing the industrial site, a group of curious workers gathered around him to see what all the commotion was about. David did not expect any of the workers to take part in his project but they did and with surprising ease, providing him with the added bonus of spontaneous additional portraits.
His series shows men who wear their oil streaks and sweat stains like badges of honor. One particularly Mafia-esque Italian known as ‘Salvatorangelo Piano’ fascinated David. He was short but radiated dignity. Salvator disappeared just before the shoot was about to take place only to reappear 10 minutes later looking dapper in freshly laundered, crisply ironed overalls. Even tough guys want to be divas sometimes.