Stephen Mallon | PADNOS| Vote Code 63571

Brooklyn, NY
Photographs printed on Aluminum, 2016

Artist Statement

These images are a part of a ten year long project titled “American Reclamation”. This photographic essay has covered many aspects of the recycling industry ranging from cement recovery, electronics, paper, steel, tires, trains, ships, and the repurposing of one of the largest landfills in America.

The latest addition to American Reclamation features the reclaimed materials at PADNOS. Founded in Holland, Michigan in the early 1900’s by Louis Padnos, the company has thrived as a family business through four generations and has grown to be a market leader. Featuring images of reclaimed paper, steel, aluminum, turnings, trimmings, and post industrial plastics, these painterly photographs find beauty in collections of collected materials that are waiting for their next purpose. This project is also going to be published early 2017 in my upcoming book.

Reflexión del Artista

Estas imágenes son parte de un proyecto de diez años titulado American Reclamation. Este ensayo fotográfico abarca muchos aspectos de la industria del reciclaje, desde la recuperación de cemento, componentes electrónicos, papel, acero, cubiertas, trenes, barcos y la reutilización de uno de los mayores vertederos de EE. UU.

Recientemente, American Reclamation incorporó materiales recuperados en PADNOS. Fundada en Holanda, Michigan a comienzos de 1900 por Louis Padnos, la empresa prosperó como negocio familiar durante cuatro generaciones y creció hasta liderar el mercado. Con la presentación de imágenes de papel reciclado, acero, aluminio, torneados, recortes y plásticos postindustriales, estas fotografías pictóricas hallan la belleza en colecciones de materiales recolectados que están esperando su siguiente propósito. Este proyecto también será publicado a principios de 2017 en mi próximo libro.


In 2009, Mallon made a big splash with “Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549,” a series of photographs documenting the salvaging of the US Air flight that airline captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger managed to safely emergencyland in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The images Mallon produced during his twoweek effort with Weeks Marine have been in exhibitions in New York, Miami, St. Louis, and Philadelphia and featured on television such as MSNBC, NBC, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and CBS News. In 2010 Stephen’s following solo exhibition “Next Stop Atlantic” was received with great praise from the likes of The New York Times, National Public Radio, GQ, The Atlantic, Fast Company, and GQ. This body of work has been shown at the Look 3 photo festival in Charlottesville, Miami, St. Louis, and Rome. Mallon’s short film about the transportation and installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge was created from over 30,000 still images. The film “A Bridge Delivered” was reviewed by the Wall St Journal, New York Magazine, GQ, PDN, and WIRED. It was then screened in five festivals in New York, Los Angels and Bristol, England. His work has been exhibited widely, and he has been commissioned by a wide range of clients, including the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Sudler & Hennessey, and MAYTAG. Mallon’s photos have been honored by Communication Arts, Photo District News, The New York Photo Festival, the Lucie Awards, International Color Awards, and Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass top 50. He is also a leader in the photo community. Since 2002, he has been a board member of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and served as president from 2006 to 2009.