Slide Show: Christopher Payne in the Steinway Piano Factory : The New Yorker

| July 23, 2012 | Reply

Not only is the piano as an instrument art, and a conveyor of art, but the visual look of the piano as it is being made gives the “piano as art” an entirely new dimension.

Slide Show: Christopher Payne in the Steinway Piano Factory : The New Yorker

“Opening today at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, “One Steinway Place” is an exploration of the famed piano factory in Astoria, Queens, by the photographer Christopher Payne. Under the glow of fluorescent lights, raw lumber is bent, pressed, conditioned, and polished into instruments of exacting quality. With more than twelve thousand individual parts, including Canadian maple, Bavarian spruce, and Swedish steel, each piano takes nearly a year to assemble before being subjected to a final hand inspection by Wally Boot, a fifty-year veteran of the factory. Payne was allowed unfettered access to the factory, allowing him to document every step of the process. Here’s a selection of his work, which is on view through September 19th. Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2012/07/christopher-payne-the-making-of-a-steinway.html#ixzz21Iff9tbi”
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2012/07/christopher-payne-the-making-of-a-steinway.html

Scroll thru the pictures of the Steinway as it is being assembled to gain a deeper appreciation of the piano.  Then take a tour with John Steinway as he guides you thru the making of a Steinway piano.
 

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