The Officine Grandi Riparazioni (O.G.R) was a masterpiece of industrial architecture, which was built in Turin between 1885 and 1895.
Until the arrival of Fiat, it was the biggest factory in the city. In more than one hundred years of activity, it welcomed many types of craftsmen, including: panel beaters, carpenters, upholsterers, mechanics, painters and skilled technicians, who all contributed to the heavy maintenance of locomotives.
I was welcomed by O.G.R. and spent many days getting lost in the maze of halls, searching for the little light that filtered through the windows in the old arches.
These photographs show still the last traces of manual work: parts from the old locomotives, interior seat foam, rails for sorting wagons, locomotive boilers that combine with one another, a magnolia tree that blooms there every spring and finally the factory ventilation pipes woven into a nest of spectacular composition.
These tracks are long gone, and today the O.G.R is owned by the Unicredit Foundation of Turin. It now houses exhibitions and cultural events of various kinds.
Photographs are for sale printed by hand on film up to 40cm x 50cm, or files in high resolution up to 100cm x 150cm .