Photo Safaris and Workshops

Photo Safaris

Throughout its existence, the art of photography has been linked to western technological growth and industrialization. What better place to explore your own photographic vision than The Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark. The Carrie Furnaces were the heart and soul of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works during most of the twentieth century and remain the only examples of pre-World War II furnace technology in existence today. The former industrial site is now the setting for photo safaris appropriate for both novice and experienced photographers alike. 

The 3-hour photo safaris are led by Ivette Spradlin, a Cuban-American photographer, video artist, and educator. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has taught photography and digital imaging at colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Photo Safaris run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM unless noted below:

May 7, 2017
June 24, 2017 (Sunset, 6:00-9:00 PM)*
July 2, 2017
July 30, 2017
August 26 2017 (Sunrise, 6:00-9:00 AM)*
September 10, 2017
October 1, 2017
October 22, 2017

*Bring a flashlight for the sunset and sunrise photo safaris.

Cost:  $50

To view photos from previous photo safaris, click here.



Live Event Photography Workshop

Sign up for this unique workshop opportunity and learn the tactics of photographing a live public event at the Carrie Furnaces!  These workshops are led by professional photographer and artist Heather Tabacci and will include detailed discussion along with ample time to photograph the event. *  Registration fees include entry into each coinciding festival or event at no additional cost!  

* Rivers of Steel and event hosts retain the right to use any photograph taken during these workshops for marketing and promotional purposes only.  All other legal copyrights are retained solely by the workshop participant.

July 15, 2017 - Workshop runs from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


Cost:  $50


Off Camera Flash at the Furnace

Experience this exclusive opportunity to learn while shooting in the one-of- a-kind classroom of the Carrie Furnace. Photographer Louis Stein will guide a three hour workshop on using off-camera flash to create dramatic images in the unique environment of the Furnace.

Participants will be given an overview of the basics of off-camera flash photography, guided through examples of OCF techniques, and receive hands-on time to shoot for themselves. Flash equipment will be provided; bring your camera* and a willingness to learn. This safari is recommended for photographers with basic and above experience who desire added instruction on techniques to hone their skills.

* Off Camera Flash at the Furnace Workshop requirements: A camera capable of manually controlling aperture, shutter-speed, and ISO. Camera must also have a hot-shoe. A DSLR recommended, but not required. Unsure if your gear is right for this workshop? Feel free to contact Louis and find out.

Workshops run from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

June 4, 2017
August 6, 2017

Cost:  $50




Directions to Carrie Furnaces:

The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs; it normally works on Google Maps however.  

Click here for turn by turn directions from Homestead/Duquesne and Edgewood/Swissvale.

If the ROAD CLOSED signs on Carrie Furnace Boulevard are up, please go around them and follow the road through the open gates to the parking lot.  Private photographic opportunities are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 for information.  



160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.