Paul Grossmann is a photographer focusing on labor, agriculture and industry in the United States. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a degree in Communication, and from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a degree in Photography. He lives in New Jersey. More of his work may be seen on SDN at http://socialdocumentary.net/photographer/paulgrossmann
10 imagesThe workers who pick the apples in New York State come from Jamaica and Mexico. Each year they are selected for this work in their home countries and this job is desirable. The ones who are chosen have heavy hands with soft palms, so as to be less likely to damage the fruit as it is picked. They stay during picking season on the farmers land in trailers, and return to their homes after the harvest.
9 imagesThe Fulton Street Fish Market operated for 183 years at its location near the Brooklyn Bridge. In 2005 it moved to Hunt's Point in the Bronx. The site is now a trendy shopping center. During the day all you could see here were closed garage fronts, but between Midnight and 8am, the place was an extremely fast moving market, with buyers, fish mongers and speeding forklift trucks everywhere.
12 imagesStonington is the largest lobster port in Maine. With roughly 1100 residents and about 350 boats operating, 85% of the economy is based on lobster fishing. These photographs are of some of the lobstermen working on their boats.
11 imagesThis is a series of portraits of men and women who produce food or work in the food industry in the United States. The people in these portraits work in apple orchards, mushroom farms and a fish market and are either guest workers from other countries or US citizens.