Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. “Christopher Payne, the industrial and architectural photographer whose last project for The Times Magazine’s Future of Work issue was about nine people who love their jobs, has made more than 40 trips over the last two years to photograph the College Point plant. Mr. Payne’s sense of wonder at what he found there is clear in his photo essay for this weekend’s special section, “The Daily Miracle,” which showcases his photos of the people, presses and metal plates that make The Times and deliver it around the city.”…Mr. Payne’s photographs at the College Point plant capture the blur of up to 80,000 newspapers per hour running through the factory — the daily New York Times, and other papers including USA Today and AM New York…The manager at College Point, Mike Connors, has been with The Times for 43 years; he’s the fourth generation of his family to work in the production of the paper. He checks in with the newsroom nearly every day, and will adjust the presses if changes come in: late-breaking stories, or updates on big stories like New Zealand’s gun control laws or basketball scores.
On a (very) recent visit, Mr. Payne watched “The Daily Miracle” section itself being spun off the rollers. He doesn’t believe print will last forever. “There were guys in the pressroom who were watching photos of themselves being printed,” he said, “They have been working there for 20, 30 or more years, and this was the first time they were honored in this way.”..”