Mosaic from the Middles Ages in Manhattan

A photograph is said to convey a thousand words. This picture, by J. Adam Huggins, in the New York Times conveys a million. Shot at a Bengal factory which makes manhole covers for New York City, it captures “shirtless, whip-thin men rippled with muscle forging prosaic pieces” with their bare feet.

“Seemingly impervious to the heat from the metal, the workers at one of West Bengal’s many foundries relied on strength and bare hands rather than machinery. Safety precautions were barely in evidence; just a few pairs of eye goggles were seen in use on a recent visit…

“The scene was as spectacular as it was anachronistic: flames, sweat and liquid iron mixing in the smoke like something from the Middle Ages.”

Read the full story here: NY manhole covers, forged barefoot in India