Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.

Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas


1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
United States--Texas--Sunray

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-59 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-842


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    • 16/Jan/2008 19:15:53

    This is a very powerful image that makes me want to know more about his story. He looks a bit like a ghost. I wonder how long he lived.

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    • 16/Jan/2008 20:40:41

    o.o Wow... speechless.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 13:44:39

    classic american image

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    knowing angle

    • 17/Jan/2008 16:44:16

    Ugh ... imagine what this poor guy's lungs looked like.

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    Dan Bailiff

    • 17/Jan/2008 16:57:50

    *cough* I got the black lung, Pop! *cough*

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    • 17/Jan/2008 22:12:01

    Wow. Intense.

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    Tim Young Photography

    • 18/Jan/2008 04:25:32

    One of the most captivating and inspiring photographs I've ever seen. Absolutely exceptional and truly haunting.

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    Shannon Dagher

    • 18/Jan/2008 07:58:04

    WOW. Incredibly powerful; such incredible detail! -- Seen in your 1930s-40s in Color set. (?)

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    • 19/Jan/2008 17:23:30

    The man looks partially decomposed.

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    Rob Scumaci

    • 22/Jan/2008 01:14:10

    Excellent image.

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    Deb Ebbeling

    • 23/Jan/2008 14:31:30

    Gosh - this photograph is one of the finest portraits I've ever seen - no words needed....

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    • 23/Jan/2008 16:39:35


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    The Queen of No

    • 23/Jan/2008 21:14:02

    this is what all portraits should try to attain

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    stupendous beginner

    • 24/Jan/2008 04:48:50

    Haunting photograph.

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    • 24/Jan/2008 09:19:57

    What a great shot

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    • 25/Jan/2008 02:39:37

    Something tells me his lungs didn't come out looking so well after this kind of work.

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    • 28/Jan/2008 05:30:24

    this is heartbreaking.

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    Mario Profili

    • 29/Jan/2008 08:33:29

    something about John Vachon here:

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    • 01/Feb/2008 00:44:08

    It is lovely to see the work of John Vachon. I'm delighted by the initiative shown by the Library of Congress.

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    die andrea

    • 02/Feb/2008 14:15:25


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    • 01/Jul/2008 18:14:40

    What a powerful and moving and curious photo.

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    • 24/Sep/2008 04:50:07

    This is one of the most amazing Kodachromes I've ever seen. Truly a brilliant photograph.

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    Ed Gilvarte

    • 19/Oct/2008 06:15:57

    brilliant portrait, amazing quality of information and feeling in the shadows.

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    • 20/Oct/2008 19:03:05

    that's totally Paul Newman.

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    supreme drop

    • 20/Oct/2008 20:20:23

    great subject. i would have cropped it differently but great photo non-the-less.

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    disastrous observation

    • 21/Oct/2008 06:19:17

    Wow, what an image - very powerful. Has'nt occupational health & safety come a long way !

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    • 22/Oct/2008 18:29:52

    Wow, i happened onto this photo without realizing it was taken in the same area of the state where I live. In fact, my father used to work around Sunray, Tx though not in this field.

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    Merricks Photos

    • 24/Oct/2008 01:02:27

    a href="[email protected]/">Crystal Award ~ Invited Photos Only Congratulations! You have been given the Crystal Award ~ Invited Photos only . Please post your photo to the group.

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    • 24/Oct/2008 15:41:06

    man, this shit is creepy, but amazing :D love it!

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    • 24/Oct/2008 16:36:20

    amazing and strong capture!

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    • 27/Oct/2008 19:33:15

    estupenda imagen

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    • 29/Oct/2008 16:35:31

    wow! that is really haunting and strong.

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    feeble impulse

    • 08/Nov/2008 18:15:49

    A very haunting image, hard worker, didn't have much and probably a real nice guy !!!

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    parsimonious talk

    • 11/Nov/2008 17:42:10

    This is a fantastic study of a man...lines and colors are spectacular.

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    • 12/Nov/2008 19:37:17

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Portrait Gallery, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    terrific lake

    • 14/Nov/2008 08:26:39

    couldn't see an eyes

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    Pilgrim on this road - Bill Revill

    • 15/Nov/2008 17:16:55

    Now that is a phenomenal image.

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    • 16/Nov/2008 21:55:06

    Strong one!.Excellent!.

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    • 20/Nov/2008 23:01:12

    great image dood! but hes scary!

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    Stathis Tzouvaras

    • 22/Nov/2008 17:20:45

    Fantastic photo!!!

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    • 01/Dec/2008 04:52:42

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Texas - The Lone Star State, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 02/Dec/2008 00:57:00

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Texas - The Lone Star State, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 06/Dec/2008 01:35:10

    Powerful. Interesting men like this have given much of there lives to their work. Which to me is honorable.

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    • 20/Dec/2008 23:35:11

    Really strong shot!

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    • 22/Dec/2008 00:17:29

    I keep coming back to this one. 1942. How many years had he been doing this in 1942? How much longer did he keep doing it? I've met coal miners with blue-black hands from working the mines for decades. People like this are amazing. Wondrous image.

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    hallowed writer

    • 28/Dec/2008 01:17:08

    Please Add It To My Group ;) Thank You!

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    careful voyage

    • 29/Dec/2008 11:12:39

    great....a perfect capture

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    KURIOS illustrateur

    • 30/Dec/2008 17:35:52

    very powerful, this worker is very impressive.

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    • 31/Dec/2008 23:23:43

    Very hard worker and it is a powerful statement for the working class

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    • 07/Jan/2009 01:25:14

    The Best!!!!!!

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    • 11/Jan/2009 16:40:40

    great industrial portrait

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    D. Ingraham

    • 15/Jan/2009 03:49:05

    reality is stranger than fiction.

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    heady scale

    • 20/Jan/2009 10:32:26

    Truly a great photo, but why do I find it so haunting?

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    Erwan bazin photography (F2.8) I'm back!

    • 20/Jan/2009 11:10:44

    la photo est bouchée, mais terrible ce portrait

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    • 20/Jan/2009 21:11:48

    look impressive!!!

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    absorbing silver

    • 30/Jan/2009 15:46:20


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    • 16/Feb/2009 03:14:21

    Such a powerful image! Really great.

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    • 16/Feb/2009 15:29:34

    amazing photo!

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    • 25/Feb/2009 01:58:54

    almost an erie feel, love it !

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    usbaldo ochoa

    • 26/Feb/2009 07:13:29

    wow! Terrorifico! Excellent work!

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    • 01/Mar/2009 00:05:37

    ! An impressive achievemente !!! ... my English is very basic , !SORRY! Lights fantastics.... beautiful and as well as admirable,congratulation...

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    Wendolyne Pérez

    • 01/Mar/2009 00:42:55

    very good pic!

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    Andres chispas Bermudez

    • 08/Mar/2009 22:41:29

    good work

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    FvFotografia - Fernando Villalobos

    • 08/Mar/2009 23:35:31

    this pic is excellent, good work.

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    • 14/Mar/2009 06:44:41

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Wir haben`s schwarz auf weiss ONLY THE BEST IN B&W ♥ ♥ ♥, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 14/Mar/2009 21:55:36

    Haunting is a good word here.

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    • 14/Mar/2009 22:27:48

    Wow! Very bold and in your face tones!

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    Baqir Ali

    • 16/Mar/2009 21:04:24

    Wonderful Artwork

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    • 17/Mar/2009 09:49:29

    nice picture..he must be smoking a whole lot of things in the plant other than weed. he looks more like a GHOST RIDER

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    • 23/Mar/2009 04:40:39

    damn good...

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    Ricardo Alejandro Ramírez Núñez

    • 24/Mar/2009 15:56:23

    oh my G...

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    • 25/Mar/2009 19:05:42

    ugly is very spooky but a nice shot..:)

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    • 27/Mar/2009 21:52:42

    this is amazing

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    • 28/Mar/2009 05:03:49

    no words.

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    • 29/Mar/2009 04:28:11

    is something dirty on his face?or his face is infected by something?

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    masoud khamis

    • 02/Apr/2009 08:09:47

    excllent >><

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    • 02/Apr/2009 13:07:01

    wonderful document

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    Andrea Rope

    • 07/Apr/2009 12:45:10

    magnifica, simplemente directa y sencilla!

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    Adrien B.

    • 09/Apr/2009 13:45:09

    I love this one

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    • 09/Apr/2009 18:36:48

    the photo just stopped me... so many things to wonder about... wow.

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    • 12/Apr/2009 14:51:36

    Fantastic portrait !!!!!!!!!

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    Nathan Cooper

    • 14/Apr/2009 05:32:42


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    angelo liton

    • 16/Apr/2009 02:53:35

    touching me,,,

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    Renee Rendler

    • 21/Apr/2009 14:55:14

    We'd love to have your photo added to the group *Flickr's Best - SERIOUS Photographers*

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    • 22/Apr/2009 19:42:37

    Impressive portrait!

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    • 23/Apr/2009 14:23:57

    fantastic image!

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    • 24/Apr/2009 10:47:59

    One of the most amazing portraits I've ever seen.

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    Enric Martinez

    • 25/Apr/2009 14:06:45

    John Vachon is surely one of the most talented photographers I konw. What I most appreciate is how his color image bear the same emotional charge as black and white. Specially these dense shadows are much the style I try to achieve...

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    ema ♪♫♪♫ naufrago in un mare di stelle

    • 28/Apr/2009 18:17:58

    Magnifica !!!

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    • 03/May/2009 02:51:31

    Wow! That must be a horrible job ><

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    Chicago Love

    • 05/May/2009 13:30:16

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called -Moody&Spooky- * Post 1, comment on 2 *, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 06/May/2009 05:30:28

    a truly beautiful and compeling image. Thank you LOC.

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    All I need is a Camera

    • 06/May/2009 20:47:26


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    Deva Lou (Laura Loi)

    • 06/May/2009 22:45:47

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called *GOTAN PROJECT*, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Stupenda!

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    • 08/May/2009 07:27:11

    geez this is amazing!!

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    aquatic border

    • 08/May/2009 13:18:42

    that's enough to scare the hell out of you

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    • 08/May/2009 19:11:11

    brutallity.. Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Groove Art, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 20/May/2009 09:57:50

    Carbon seems to be inorganic.

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    Smashn Time

    • 25/May/2009 08:21:05

    Awesome image.

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    brash week

    • 26/May/2009 17:55:05

    Que se puede decir de una obra de arte....

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    • 28/May/2009 14:51:42

    Hi: to let you know that I have placed your photo at Dos polizas de salud al tiempo Thanks for a nice photo. Alfredo E.

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    second iron

    • 05/Jun/2009 01:19:07

    Wow, that's very nice :)

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    Martha Letchinger

    • 05/Jun/2009 03:35:48

    this is greatt

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    • 10/Jun/2009 00:22:16

    wow! so much emotion in this shot! great tones and light -- Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

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    • 14/Jun/2009 11:09:57

    Nice shoot.

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    • 15/Jun/2009 16:49:59

    foto che parla da sè....complimenti!

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    Lindsay Nichols

    • 25/Jun/2009 04:25:35

    This has to be one of the most incredible photographs I've ever witnessed.

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    masoud khamis

    • 28/Jun/2009 09:05:10

    Lovely shot DSC

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    serious direction

    • 29/Jun/2009 15:32:11

    Christ !, I thought my job at Chrysler as a Furnace Operator was bad ! incredible image.......

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    • 30/Jun/2009 00:54:24

    super image

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    light interest

    • 04/Jul/2009 23:47:55

    This is just amazing. Too powerful for words.

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    andre govia.

    • 09/Jul/2009 17:34:51

    wow this is class ! love the use of light and tone here 10/10

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    walkinginspace pt2....

    • 11/Jul/2009 23:38:34

    This photo took my breath away.........the most stunning to date...

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    Udayan Kapur

    • 13/Jul/2009 10:06:42

    spooky !! But a superb photo !!

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    • 26/Jul/2009 08:44:48

    1942 holy crap.

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    Le nai

    • 03/Aug/2009 03:44:05

    wow this image is indeed strong

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    Bruna Di Pietrantonio

    • 04/Sep/2009 10:40:44

    Very impressive shot. Awesome!!!!!!!

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    • 04/Sep/2009 18:39:36

    Impressionants textures :) Incredible texture :)

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    • 12/Sep/2009 12:01:11

    incredible portrait.

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    minions & myrmidons

    • 16/Sep/2009 00:08:31

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Face Time, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    SnowFire Ranch Barnwood furniture

    • 25/Sep/2009 00:22:01

    A living ghost..

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    • 27/Sep/2009 19:45:37

    Freaky stuff!

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    • 27/Sep/2009 20:32:13


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    Analie Tagud

    • 04/Oct/2009 12:38:14

    Great pix..

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    frequent stove

    • 08/Oct/2009 15:55:45

    Fantastique...phénoménal !!! Fantastic...prodigious !!! Fantástico...fenomenal !!!

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    fortunato MERCADO / photography

    • 16/Oct/2009 20:37:20

    Wow...................Nice indeed.

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    fortunato MERCADO / photography

    • 16/Oct/2009 20:37:34

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called inspired - exposures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    [email protected]

    • 27/Oct/2009 12:21:32

    Palacio de Verano 0048 Palacio de Verano 0049 Hutong 007 Hutong 009 Gran Muralla 062 Palacio de Verano 0025 Palacio de Verano 0177 Tiananmen 0004 Yonghe Gong 053 Tiananmen 0033 Palacio de Verano 0084 Ciudad Prohibida 0104 Beijing 062 Beijing 027 Beijing 058

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    concerned arch

    • 01/Nov/2009 05:31:06

    Good picture

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    Maria Kikoler (busy)

    • 07/Nov/2009 11:47:18

    Beautiful! Reminds me Sebastião Salgado, famous brazilian photographer, on his book " Workers".

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    $jeremy anderson2$

    • 09/Nov/2009 13:25:17

    this the scary thing i ever saw and it remined me of somebody at my school. and his name is ZACK REACH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

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    • 20/Nov/2009 21:12:04

    "the industrial disease" ...and that was how they kept the industrial revolution running!

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    Victoria Berglin

    • 29/Nov/2009 18:23:19

    wow, awesome photo.

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    shiny title

    • 22/Dec/2009 19:18:40

    Seen in: Magical Beauty please tag your picture"magical beauty"

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    andre govia.

    • 26/Dec/2009 13:06:36

    wow this is great ,looks like he works hard 10/10

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    Horatiu Eduard

    • 05/Jan/2010 13:38:10

    great photo!!!!

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    [email protected]

    • 12/Jan/2010 14:51:00

    ktom says: my dad worked at sunray carbon black plant in 40s,50s ,where was osha when we needed them.

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    • 12/Jan/2010 17:14:26

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called cool catz club, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 30/Jan/2010 16:29:58

    Absolutely The Perfect Photographer ,This photo is definitely SPECIAL

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    melisa urkun

    • 09/Feb/2010 13:34:19

    waowww :)))

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    • 11/Feb/2010 16:42:25

    woooooooooow Awesome

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    • 15/Feb/2010 17:53:29


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    • 19/Feb/2010 13:33:06


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    invincible town

    • 02/Mar/2010 15:28:43

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Stuff That Is Dark, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 21/Mar/2010 15:23:28

    Strong Picture

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    • 30/Mar/2010 16:25:52

    Great Portrait!

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    • 09/Apr/2010 04:59:49

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ChromaNoir, and we'd love to have this added to the group! This is very striking image, much to be learned from this kind of study, and this style of capture. Inspiring.

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    Oeuil de Lynx

    • 11/Apr/2010 18:06:56

    doesn't he look like a sad clown?

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    Miguel Gerard

    • 25/Apr/2010 17:18:56

    Amazing shot! Nice work!

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    Taron Curtis

    • 30/Apr/2010 20:57:23

    Stunning capture !

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    • 09/May/2010 03:30:54

    Beautifully composed.

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    elfin flavor

    • 09/May/2010 17:49:04

    freakin' amazing

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    • 18/May/2010 10:30:10

    Smoking is harmful to health.

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    *Just Believe*

    • 26/May/2010 06:22:44

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dark and Disturbing, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 28/May/2010 08:42:03

    Haunting indeed. An important reminder of how many of our forefathers and mothers worked their lives away as cogs in the great industrial machine. Plenty of people all around the world also still working just as hard and in no better conditions than this man.

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    • 06/Jun/2010 14:09:03

    An-amazing-image.... Superb Ricky

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    Sultan alSultan 

    • 27/Jun/2010 20:05:29

    Excellent image

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    • 05/Jul/2010 10:27:01

    amazing shot SpaLuca - View my most interesting photos on Flickriver

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    alert amusement

    • 17/Jul/2010 19:01:16

    helluva image, the composition is very memorable with that roofline and the way the hat is almost just a hint. great, great work.

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    • 22/Jul/2010 18:38:38

    Man what a powerful image. Love the picture.

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    resolute fold

    • 01/Aug/2010 19:08:19

    esta wenisimo

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    Nathaly Souza

    • 19/Aug/2010 17:28:22


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    The Big Jiggety

    • 31/Aug/2010 02:09:45

    Very powerful portrait, worth many a poem.

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    • 18/Sep/2010 19:34:05

    i like the pic cuz i look like that every other day and nobodys at my job taking pix

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    H. K..

    • 01/Nov/2010 10:54:15

    Eine sehr schön gestaltetes Foto. Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

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    • 12/Jun/2011 17:58:59

    Love, love, love this.

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    grandiose gate

    • 03/Jul/2011 16:35:32

    I used this as part of a remix of several different photos for my music project. Not sure if it's going to be an ad, a poster, a shirt, or what. Maybe it will just be. Note that the coal worker looks dramatically different when you lighten things up a bit. He's more like a cowboy here. []

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    Steven Hammerli

    • 18/Aug/2011 07:36:32

    i love you

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    L Mitchell

    • 26/Sep/2011 19:41:25

    A very powerful photo of what legnths a man will go to in order to support a family. Disturbing !

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    • 23/Oct/2011 18:26:44

    Mosts Hard working men did all types of dirty jobs to earn a dollar. Most likely he is gone. The men back then were willing to work no matter what. Great Photo and Tribute to the Hard working American Men.

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    • 23/Oct/2011 18:28:15

    Then when this Hard worker went home, he didn't have a bath tub to clean up. Most likely no running water or electricity. Probably very little food.

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    • 29/Oct/2011 13:07:51

    Sunray..some kind of sick joke.

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    feigned judge

    • 08/Nov/2011 15:34:42

    great shot

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    • 12/May/2012 07:17:44

    awesome work !!!

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    • 19/Jul/2012 18:18:40

    One of the best photographs I have seen in a long time. Just incredible on all levels.

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    Texas State Library and Archives Commission

    • 29/Jun/2013 01:58:19

    Thanks for sharing this in our "Picture Texas with TSLAC" group (! I shared it on TSLAC's Facebook page ( -Cesar

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    • 22/Jul/2013 03:09:26

    Man, this guy worked hard and sacrificed his health for his family, I'm sure... tough man. Not sure how many of us would make that sacrifice these days...

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    • 08/Feb/2016 02:56:23

    I was thinking just the same thing as above, how much he sacrificed . We have no idea of what sacrifice is in this generation.

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    Elmore Dodge

    • 01/Jul/2020 21:29:51

    There were still carbon black plants operating and depositing unbelievable pollution into the air when I moved to West Texas in 1962. The prevailing winds from the west and southwest deposited tons of soot over the immediate vicinity. More than once, traffic on Highway 80 (now I-20) west of Odessa came to a stop when the black clouds rolled out over the highway on the rare occasion of no wind. The black clouds did not come out of a smokestack but billowed out of the large buildings. The man in the photo has a white powder on his face, but look at his neck and clothes. He worked in those clouds. Another danger in those plants was from hydrogen-sulfide, the odorless, invisible gas that can kill a human in a matter of seconds. It was the hydrogen-sulfide in the natural gas that was a key component of the carbon black process and the West Texas oil and natural gas wells produce massive volumes of "sour" gas. The following is the address of an article on the carbon black business in Texas:

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    Arden (LOC P&P)

    • 02/Jul/2020 15:59:02

    Thank you Elmore Dodge for your comment and for sharing the article about the carbon black business in Texas. They provide context and improve our understanding of this image.

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    • 14/Jun/2021 18:45:05

    This might be the craziest portrait I've ever seen. Horror movie leatherface vibes