Through These Gates: Maine Shipyard Photography 1858-2016

Feb. 8, 2017 — Sept. 24, 2017

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Whether taken by the shipbuilder’s sister or a professional photographer, in time of peace or time of war, shipyard photographs can provide a rare glimpse into the work day of a shipwright or a ship fitter. The photographs in this exhibit focus as much on the workers in the yards as they do on the vessels being built.

The majority of the more than 60 images in the exhibit are from the museum’s collection of approximately 140,000 photographic images. From the details of assembling a frame to a worker’s fastening-driving challenges, a wooden yard’s activity will be well-represented. Work in a steel shipyard will be seen even more – the tremendous activity of the world wars, the glow of a white-hot frame coming out of the forge onto the bending floor, and the assembling of the largest crane in the western hemisphere (at the time).

As a special exhibit feature, Through These Gates will include preview photo portraits and brief personal interviews from Southgate Faces, a project currently underway near the Bath Iron Works’ south gate. Heather Perry and Hopper McDonough are photographing and interviewing BIW employees as they break from work in the yard and take their ritual walk across the street for lunch.




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