by Photos by Jacob Grumulaitis, BFA Photography ’22
Skilled hands finishing a finely knit panel, a spectrum of spools lining the wall of a costume studio, prototypes crafted, confections cut, and concrete poured—glimpses of the many ways manufacturing lives and thrives in New York City.
Delving inside the spaces where this work happens, Jacob Grumulaitis, who will graduate with a major in photography this May, photographed 34 New York City factories during his internship with the Pratt Center for Community Development’s Made in NYC initiative last year. He visited decades-old factory floors, intimate studios of master craftspeople, coffee roasters, chocolatiers, and more, revealing the local ingenuity and expertise behind the objects we encounter and enjoy every day.
As part of the Pratt Center’s work toward a more just, equitable, and sustainable New York City, Made in NYC connects with thousands of manufacturers in the city to offer support in a variety of ways, including providing marketing resources like these behind-the-scenes images. Made in NYC has also been sharing the stories of makers and companies across the five boroughs in its Factory Friday series on Instagram (@madeinnewyorkcity). Here is an inside look at just some of their spaces.