Images from the construction of a memorial to Hurricane Sandy in Highlands, NJ, designed by Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The canopy weighs 173 tons, or 346,000 pounds. Lifting it a dozen feet in the air and placing it on the four wall panels was an unprecedented feat of engineering.
When the company wanted a team of roboticists, it raided a university lab to
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I had a blast shooting this assignment with my right hand man Mike Garner. A big thanks to David La Spina and Kathy Ryan at the Magazine.
I was honored and humbled to be included in the LOOK3 Photo Festival as part of WORKS 2015, a celebrated outdoor projection event on Saturday, June 13. My video, Textiles: Made in USA, was screened alongside some of the most exceptional storytelling taking place today, from photojournalism to fine art. I am grateful to Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode for their support and help in making this possible.
Please join me next Wednesday April 29 6:30 PM at the Tenement Museum for a lively discussion about the significance of ruined spaces. The event is free and open to the public! Click HERE for more information.
On Thursday, March 26 I was honored to present my work on North Brother Island at the Museum of the City of New York. The event was moderated by my dear friend Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian, and organized by Frances Rosenfeld, Curator of Public Programs. I am also grateful to Jim Sheehan, the surprise guest of honor, who enthralled us with his recollections of time spent on the island as a teenager, in the 1950s.
"There is something particularly American about factories from the golden age of manufacturing, factories we drape in idyllic visions of efficiency, industry and ingenuity. Still, in this era of offices and service jobs, most of us have never seen a factory. Christopher Payne takes us inside with him with his ongoing series Textiles. . ." Read the full article in WIRED's Raw File by Alyssa Coppelman.
A special thanks to Dana Salvo at the Clark Gallery for hosting my reception this weekend and Mark Feeney of the Boston Globe for this excellent exhibit review: Asylums abandoned, bodies unconstrained.
I am also honored to be shown in the company of Stephen DiRado, whose wonderful 8"x10" nude contact prints provided the perfect balance and contrast.
Feature Shoot is a great photography website and blog, and I am honored for this recent interview by Ellyn Kall:
Lebbeus Woods, who died in 2012, was a revolutionary architectural theorist and artist whose fantastical drawings continue to serve as inspiration for countless architects and students. When I was in graduate school, everyone poured over his books and wanted to draw like him. So it is an honor to learn that Lebbeus included my North Brother Island photographs in his penultimate blog post, INEVITABLE ARCHITECTURE, about the weathering and aging of buildings.
This blog, and a couple of my photos, will be included in the upcoming Princeton Architectural Press book, Slow Manifesto, compiling entries from Lebbeus Woods's blog from 2007 to 2012. The book will contain his essays, drawings, and photographs.
In the fall of 2013 I gained access to the Bell Labs complex in Holmdel, NJ. Constructed between 1959 and 1962 (and expanded in 1966 and 1982), the giant mirror-like modernist building was one of the final projects of Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. Used for research and development by Bell Telephone, and later AT&T, Lucent, and Alcatel-Lucent, the facility closed in 2006. In 2013 the property was purchased by the Somerset Development Corporation, which is currently rehabilitating the structure for mixed use to include a hotel, restaurants, shopping, assisted living center, offices, and public library. See more of the photos HERE.
I just returned from a few days in Amsterdam where I attended the opening of my Steinway series. One Steinway Place will be on view at the Temporary Art Space in Amsterdam-Noord from October 17 to November 9, 2014. Special thanks to Gili Crouwel for curating the show, Patrick Pantano at the Benrubi Gallery for his assistance in shipping, and the US Embassy in Amsterdam for their financial support.
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My longtime friend and right hand man Michael Garner just opened his first solo show featuring selections from his long running photography project documenting the construction of the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine on the UCONN campus in Farmington, CT. During that time he recorded the builders and their methods of work as this highly sophisticated laboratory took shape. Congratulations to Mike on these incredibly fresh and inspiring PICTURES. Check out the color and portraits too.
Over the past several years Mike has also taken pictures of me working at Steinway, the textile mills, and on various commercial assignments, aptly titled SHOOTING PAYNE.
Thank you Mike!
This summer I did two television interviews about North Brother Island. I would like to thank Sean McGinn and Christina Romano at WNET Channel 13 Metrofocus and Michael Maher of the BBC News for their interest in my work and tremendous skill in making me look half decent on camera!
WNET Channel 13 Metrofocus, July 23, 2014
BBC News Magazine, May 22, 2014