Bethlehem Steel, 1960s-1970s


After the mines closed in the Panther Valley and George Harvan could no longer get free-lance work from the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, he worked for twenty-five years in the photographic department of Bethlehem Steel. Working under a sympathetic supervisor, Harvan was able to take time off to do his own work, and on his own time use the company's darkroom facilities to print his own photographs. Among the subjects that caught his eye were scenes around the steel mills. The following portfolio offers glimpses of work that Harvan shot in Bethlehem in the 1960s and '70s.