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MUST-SEE: Mile-High Photographs During Construction of the Bay Bridge


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Since 1998 when the first soil samples were taken, photographer Joseph Blum has been documenting the construction of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.  Now, images released by The Atlantic’s City Lab show that how incredible Blum’s work is. The 73-year-old is taking risks many teenagers wouldn’t consider to document the process.  

Blum currently has his work on display in Sausalito in an exhibition titled “The Bridge Builders.”  The former boilermaker used his experience in the shipyards of the bay to influence his art:

“I started taking photos of work processes that are long forgotten … ones that were popular in the 1930s,” he says. “People have no understanding of things they take for granted, like bridges and buildings and the labor processes that go on.”

The results are astonishing.  

Here is a time-lapse video of three years work on the bridge:


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