Bolton-Emerson Americas is a manufacturer of paper pulping machines and parts. But what they make is less important than how they do it.
In continuous operation since 1905, Bolton-Emerson Americas uses equipment and processes that have remained relatively unchanged for over half a century. Walking through the shop is like walking back in time.
Over a 13 month period, Robert Lussier paid dozens of visits to Bolton to photograph this very unique machine shop.
The images in this book are the result of those visits.
The book also provideds some insights into the company’s history, courtesy of a pair of 1955 newspaper articles commemorating Bolton’s (then) 50th year in business.
It is truly a step into America's industrial past.
Robert Lussier is a Boston area photographer specializing in urban, architectural and landscape photography. He has been photographing the industrial landscape of Lawrence, Massachusetts, since 2009. With a set of smokestacks dating back more than 100 years scheduled for demolition, and several mills already gone, urban renewal was catching up with the city’s historic textile mills. Robert set out to photograph the remaining mills and other historic buildings before they were razed or renovated. He describes it as “part urban exploration and part documentary photography.”