Industrial photography can be defined as photographic practice that takes place within and/or at the behest of an industrial organization, to document production processes, products, work organization, employees, or the layout, equipment, or culture of an enterprise. The pictures may serve either internal (e.g. administrative or industrial relations) or external purposes. The use of photographs to depict industrial activity and products began in the 1850s and 1860s. Few firms employed their own photographers, but commissioned independent operators, or employees who could use a camera.Industrialists use photography, within prevailing cultural and economic limits, to project a certain image of themselves and their undertakings.In conclusion, industrial photography is a highly diverse phenomenon. It reflects both the technical and aesthetic currents prevalent in photography generally at a given time; and prevailing notions of photography’s usefulness to industry. The pictures can be read to reveal both the messages intended by their makers, and period-specific cultural traits of particular companies and of industry per se.
Below we have a showcase of images that embody just what it is we are talking about. This look at industrial photography turns to the railways and factory floors and beyond to find so much of the overlooked and forgotten beauty all around us. We hope that through these amazing photographer’s work our readers find as much as inspiration as we did.These are very inspiring photographs and really make you think about our deep, rich history in these lands. As always let us know your thoughts or ideas in the comments discussion area.