Dissolving: In Praise of Work

Lewis Hine: Powerhouse mechanic working on steam pump, 1920. “Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940), an American sociologist and photographer. Hine used his camera as a tool for social reform.” (wikipedia)

A scene from Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis, 1927, paraphrasing Hine’s photo. The film presents a negative utopia, where men became slave of their own creations.

Powerhouse mechanic on the Socialist double menhir in the center of my native land Kőbánya, the industrial district of Budapest, which, according to its inscription, was donated in 1973 “by the peasants of Veszprém county to the industrial workers of Kőbánya”. Compare the hairdress of the worker to that of Hine. The symbolism of the rooster is uncertain.

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