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As official photographers of the Golden Gate Bridge, Gabriel Moulin and his sons Raymond and Irving documented the project from start to finish.

While all three photographed the bridge's construction, Raymond produced the majority of the harrowing, high-altitude images. Many of their photographs are presented in the book High Steel, by Richard Dillon, Thomas Moulin and Donald DeNevi (Celestial Arts, 1998).

Browse a gallery of the Moulins' Golden Gate Bridge photos, and read commentary by Richard Dillon.

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The Golden Gate -- the age-old barrier between San Francisco and Sausalito and the redwood coast.

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An "elephant trunk" poised to pour concrete into the nest of reinforcing rods in the excavation, where the base block of the San Francisco anchorage would rise.

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As men worked on the trestle to create a secure foundation for the south tower, the north tower progressed across the Gate.

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The south pier was still under water at the end of the storm, and theship-battered trestle off Fort Point as the Marin tower and the pylon, which would carry cables to the San Francisco anchorage, neared completion.

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At last, the south tower caught up with its twin, and both awaited the saddles into which the giant cables would nestle.

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The spinning carriages were made ready for their many trips halfway across the Gate from their home anchorage, as eyebars stood ready.

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Engineers often met to confer on the catwalks of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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From a crossbridge, cameraman Moulin aimed his lens at the south tower on a December day in 1935.

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As two "leather hats" guided cable strands into position, the camera moved in for a closeup at the very top of Marin's north tower.

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Even when half finished, in 1936, the Golden Gate Bridge was so graceful that most of Strauss' critics were silenced.

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As with the Bay Bridge, trusses were placed in a strict order, leaving gaps in order to avoid concentration of weight and stress.

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Fog did not dampen the spirits of the thousands of people who filled the bridge, hour after hour, from railing to railing on Pedestrians Day. The next day, May 28, 1937, was the first day for autos to cross the bridge. Fewer came than were expected. (Perhaps many drivers had crossed as pedestrians the day before.)

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