Christopher Payne – One Steinway Place

‘Christopher Payne – One Steinway Place’ exhibition is on view from October 17 to November 9 at the Temporary art space Amsterdam Noord.

The American photographer Christopher Payne specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. Trained as an architect, he is fascinated by how things are purposefully designed and constructed and how they work. Payne’s recent work is a celebration of craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing that are preserving in the face of global competition and evolutions in industrial processes.

The photo series ‘One Steinway Place’ gives a beautiful insight in the famous Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens, where a team of skilled workers creates the most exquisite instruments, considered to be some of the finest in the world. Payne captures the moments of the choreographies of production and assembly, inspects the parts and pieces of the instruments that will never visible out of the factory and thus telling a story of intricacy, precision and care he fears is becoming all too rare in the (American) workplace. The kind of manufacturing and craftsmanship that happens at One Steinway Place, where people transform raw, messy materials into some of the finest musical instruments in the world, has nearly vanished from the American workplace.

Location: Temporary art space Amsterdam-Noord (next to Nieuw Dakota)

Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41a


Opening times:

Thursday & Friday      14.00 – 20.00 hrs

Saturday & Sunday   14.00 – 18.00 hrs

This exhibition is supported by the US Embassy in The Hague.

For more information please call Gili Crouwel at 06 2428 6718 or e-mail to