Assan’s Mill

Winter Views 2014
4, January, 2015
Industrial site C
Industrial Site C
29, March, 2015

Assan’s Mill

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Gear:
Fujifilm mirrorless digital camera
Asahi Pentax SP1000 35mm SLR camera
35mm f2.4 Carl Zeiss Flektogon MC
50mm f1.4 Super-Takumar

Location:
Bucharest, Romania

Assan's Mill was built in 1853 and it was the first steam mill in Bucharest. The buildings were commissioned by two merchants: George Assan and Ion Martinovici. The equipment was brought in from Vienna and as time went by, the mill was gradually upgraded: silos, a new depot, electricity. The operations expanded and by the beginning of the 20th century, they also produced vegetable oil, soap and tinctures.

The mill continued to function throughout the 1900s and even after 1948, when it was confiscated by the communists and it became state property. After 1989, it entered its darker period and, as it happened with many industrial sites throughout Europe, the mill was abandoned and therefore exposed to numerous risks. Some parts were destroyed, others were stolen and in the 2000s several walls and ceilings collapsed as a result of fires and theft.

This time we used two different cameras: a 35mm film Asahi Pentax SP1000 and a mirrorless Fujifilm X-M1 digital camera. On film, all photos were taken with a 50mm f1.4 Super Takumar lens. On digital, we mainly used a 35mm f2.4 Carl Zeiss Flektogon, but some of the black and white photos were taken with the Super Takumar.