Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories


Every single one of Christopher Payne’s pencil factory photos fills my mind with a bit of awe and wonder. In this recent piece in the New York Times Magazine, Payne goes to Jersey City to capture one of the last American pencil factories. His images are stunning. 

I can’t say it better than Sam Anderson who wrote the accompanying article, so I’ll leave it to him.

”Photographs like these do something similar. They preserve the secret origins of objects we tend to take for granted. They show us the pride and connection of the humans who make those objects, as well as a mode of manufacturing that is itself disappearing in favor of automation.”

Read the full story here and see more of Christopher Payne’s work here