Titusville Steel by Chris Crisman

Titusville Pennsylania survived for over a century, defined by the endless flock of men filing in and out of the steel mills every day. To provide their families with sustainable income, they committed themselves to the life-threatening conditions that defined steelwork. Through the eyes of these men we see the dreams of thousands of working class citizens whose grueling hours gave shape to modern America after World War II.

For the past four years, photographer Chris Crisman has returned home to photograph the retired steelworkers still living in Titusville. This project is both his perspective on a generation of Americans and a personal discovery of the culture into which Crisman was born and of the industry in which his father and grandfather served.


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