Our Bethlehem Steel

featuring the creative efforts of local artists dedicated to preserving the oral and visual history of life 'down the steel.'

Bruce J. Ward

steelworker, photographer, filmmaker, teacher, actor, magician, clown

Bruce holds a degree in Video and Radio Production, and has studied Photography as well. He has produced several award-winning shows, incorporating still images in his productions. As his passion for recording places, people, and events has grown, he has continued to sharpen and expand upon his techniques.

From 1973 until its iron gates closed, Bruce worked at Bethlehem Steel.

During the last years of the local company’s presence in the Valley, Bruce shot many dramatic images throughout the Bethlehem plant. Many of these images were viewed at local businesses and galleries. Some of these images were also seen in Bruce's several videos on working in the Bethlehem plant.

A View from Inside details what it was like to work in the demanding and often dangerous mills, foundries, and furnaces.

Voices of Steel was produced to correspond with the Banana Factory gallery exhibit of the same name, featuring the photography of Clarence Snyder and Edward Leskin.

Capturing a time gone by, an era rapidly disappearing in our Post Industrial age, The Steel Way of Life tells us what life was like in the shadow of Bethlehem. This compelling work was also produced in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name appearing at the Goundie House in Historic Bethlehem

It is with this background that Bruce's fascination with the form and shape of architectural imagery, either natural or man made, came about. “Form and shape are constantly changing, but a picture captures the image as ‘memory’ for a moment”. Bruce likes the challenge of using available light, believing that these images come closer to a sense of order and oneness. Still life and landscape images also are favorites, while the video aspects tend to be used much more to evoke emotional responses.

Bruce is available for speaking engagements, lectures, tours and talkbacks. Email Bruce for information and bookings.

DVD Videos for sale:

A View From Inside

a film by Bruce J. Ward


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Memoirs of Richie Check, Charlie Walp, Nick Pidstowski, John Horn, Derwood Johnson, "Moon" Diehl and Joe Warminsky of life inside 'The Steel'

DVD: $25.00 including shipping and handling

Pennsylvania residents will be charged 6% sales tax at checkout

Voices of Steel

a film by Bruce J. Ward


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This first hand account of 11 steelworkers gives us a unique look at life within the gates of Bethlehem Steel. These people tell us in their own words about their personal experiences. A very special thank you to Bob Burkey, Jeannie and Vince Brugger, Russ Pacala, Ricie Check, John Babirak, Helen Weaver, Joe 'The Hat' Wilfinger, Jerry Green, Pete DePietro and Frank Behum

DVD: $25.00 including shipping and handling

Pennsylvania residents will be charged 6% sales tax at checkout

The Steel Way of Life

a film by Bruce J. Ward


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This film is about the women and men who worked at Bethlehem Steel. See their faces, hear their voices, feel their stories. Included are the stories and words of: Jeannie Brugger, Vince Brugger, Richie Check, Jerry Green, Joe Wilfinger, Curtis 'Hank' Barnette, John 'Jack' Deutsch, Helen Weaver, John Wadonly, Robert 'Bobby' Burkey, and Frank Behum. Produced in conjunction with Historic Bethlehem Partnership, The Steelworkers' Archives and the Edward A. Leskin Photography Collection.

DVD: $30.00 including shipping and handling

Pennsylvania residents will be charged 6% sales tax at checkout

For Groups and Organizations

Bruce J. Ward is available for speaking engagements, lectures, plant tours and talkbacks following film-showings.

For Additional Information and Bookings, please email Bruce.