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For Immediate Release

Bethlehem Photographer’s Views of Steel Accepted by Library of Congress

For Immediate Release

July 7, 2014 – Photographs of Bethlehem Steel Corporation taken by a long-time industrial photographer have been accepted into the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.

Peter Treiber, Bethlehem, has long photographed plants, mines and shipyard’s of the now defunct steel giant. His career as a professional photographer included years as an employee of Bethlehem Steel’s photographic services division and as a self-employed proprietor whose photographs were used in corporate and marketing communications.

Seventeen photos of Bethlehem Steel have been accepted into the LOC’s permanent archives. The photos depict the full range of the company’s operations – from mines to steelmaking, rolling and forging – and are contained in his book, Inside Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century. Most of the photos now in the Library of Congress (LOC) were taken at the local Bethlehem, Pa., plant.

“Having these images selected by the Library of Congress shows the importance of Bethlehem Steel and its employees in creating one of the most enduring and successful steel companies in the world,” said Treiber. “It is truly a milestone in my career to know that this work is part of the permanent collection of such iconic national institution.”

In accepting the photos into the permanent collection, the LOC’s gift officer Peter Stark wrote, “Your gift will be a welcome addition to the collections conserved by the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division and will be highly valued by staff and researchers for many years to come.” Treiber’s images are color digital prints with archival pigments.

Treiber’s photos depict the company’s taconite, coal, steelmaking and forging operations, and were chosen by him and the LOC curators to help tell the story of Bethlehem Steel’s range of operations. The photos were selected from the more than 90 images contained in his book.

“As the nation’s second largest steel company, largest shipbuilder during World War II, and the employer of literally millions of American men and women, Bethlehem Steel was integral to the growth and defense of this nation and the world. I am proud to know that images of these important facilities and products will be preserved through the Library of Congress,” he said.

Treiber earned a bachelor of fine art degree in photography from the Art Center College of Design in California. He began his photographic career with New York City studios for 10 years including serving as chief photographer and manager of communications services at International Nickel. Treiber joined the photographic services division of Bethlehem Steel in 1977 and in 1982 founded Peter Treiber Photography, handling the highest-end marketing communications photography for the company until its sale in 2003. He remains active as a commercial, industrial and fine art photographer (www.ptphoto.com)

Professionally, Treiber has served as a member of the communication design advisory committee of Northampton Community College and has been elected three times as chapter president of the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He has served on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of ASMP and hosted a major conference for ASMP National in Aspen, Colorado.

He published Inside Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century in February 2008 with editorial content provided by Elizabeth Kovach, former director of corporate communications for Bethlehem Steel. The book is available in the Moravian Book Shop, ArtsQuest gift shop and through the website (www.insidebethlehemsteel.com).


July 9, 2010

The Real Steel photography exhibit opens at SteelStacks July 9th - Oct. 9th 2011, Reception and book signing Thurs. July 14th. from 6- 9PM

June, 2010

Rangefinder Magazine article

The june issue features a five page article about Peter and the making of the book.

August 5, 2009

Group Show at Ambre' Studio, Bethlehem

Peter will be exhibiting 10 architectural photographs in a group show, "Sturcturs & Shadows", opening August 19 and running until October 9, 2009. Opening reception Thursday, August 20, 6-9 PM.Gallery hours, Wed-Fri. 11 AM-6 PM.

For further information:
Peter B. Treiber peter@ptphoto.com 610-867-3303
Elizabeth A. Kovach eakovach@aol.com 610-216-1769

For on-line information or to order books: www.insidebethlehemsteel.com


Reviewers Comments

What the reviewers are saying about Inside Bethlehem Steel: The Final Quarter Century:

"…enlightening read for everyone concerned about the fate of big industry in America and a must addition to every library. Bette Kovach's insightful perspective and the spectacular photographs of Peter Treiber constitute a work that will not be forgotten."

---John Strohmeyer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Crisis in
Bethlehem: Big Steel's Battle to Survive
, was editor of The Bethlehem Globe-Times for 28 years.

"…Treiber…and Kovach have teamed up to create a visually stunning portrait … depicting the final decades of an iconic company that literally built our nation."

---Nancy Gravatt, Vice President, Communications, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)

"What this book does perhaps most successfully is retain the history and heritage of Bethlehem Steel, creating an image not of rusting, hulking, idle operations, but of a company, and an industry, that was pulsing with excitement, built on the backs of hard workers who gave their all, only to find little left for them at the end of 99 years."

---Scott Robertson, Chief Correspondent, Steel, American Metal Market

"The most stunning visual history I've ever seen. Peter Treiber captures the beauty and power of the steelmaking process and portrays it as fine art. Art that describes one of man's most ennobling efforts, the creation of basic materials for the betterment of human life."

---Ed Riccio, President, BethForge (1989-1995)

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