Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories is a wonderful photo essay that reveals the surprisingly complex process that goes into producing an instrument that all of us use – the every day pencil
The images are provides by photographer Christopher Payne who has visited the General Pencil Company in Jersey City dozens of times. His surprisingly evocative photos not only “record every phase of the manufacturing process” they “capture the many different worlds hidden inside the complex’s plain brick exterior.” Accompanying Mr. Payne’s photos is a narrative by The New York Times Magazine’s Sam Anderson who explains the multifaceted and complicated operation that Mr. Payne’s so vividly brings to life.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.