Patricia Layman Bazelon
Basic Oxygen Furnace, Vessel on Charging Platform
Archival Pigment Print
23 x 29 inches
Contributed by Lauren Tent
BIO: Patricia Layman Bazelon (1933-1995) immigrated to the United States from England in 1961. In 1979 she moved to Buffalo from New York City and began work as a freelance photographer. While working on a commission for historian Reyner Banham photographing grain elevators and industrial buildings for his book, A Concrete Atlantis, Bazelon fell in love with Buffalo’s industrial architecture and continued to photograph it extensively until her death in 1995. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, and George Eastman House.
STATEMENT: “Patricia Layman Bazelon moved to Buffalo from NYC in 1979 and soon after started photographing Buffalo’s architecture. She became captivated with the grain elevators and photographed them extensively. In 1988 she was given permission to photograph the Lackawanna Bethlehem Steel Plant during its reclamation. Her photographs are an homage to what she considered powerful industrial monuments. Monuments to the ingenuity of those that designed and built them as well as to the thousands of people that labored in them throughout the century. She photographed them in every season, in every light, giving us a beautiful representation of our industrial heritage.”–Lauren Tent