furnace photographyStarting Fire, a photograph by Joalet Steenkamp, chief engineer of MINTEK’s Pyrometallurgy Division in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been chosen as the cover image for the December 2016 issue of JOM, the flagship technical journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). The image presents the lancing of the tap-hole of the 1 MW furnace at MINTEK, South Africa on February 16th, 2016 (© Joalet Steenkamp).
Steenkamp, an avid photographer, specializes in close-up images of pyrometallurgical operations. The story of how she has developed as a photographic artist in capturing the drama and visually stunning beauty of the furnace is shared in the December 2016 JOM article, “Joalet Steenkamp Takes the Heat for Furnace Photography.”

‘I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to share with the international professional community my passion for pyrometallurgy and the beauty I see when I’m close to a furnace.’ – Joalet Steenkamp