Visual Essay

A Portrait of Scranton

Additional photographs from Chris Hedges and Alan Chin’s visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania

Scranton 01The intersection of Pittston Avenue and Hemlock Street, south of Courthouse Square in Scranton.
Scranton 02Evening on the streets of downtown, near the University of Scranton.
Scranton 03Inside Brennan’s Pub in the Hill district of Scranton.
Scranton 04One of twenty-eight remaining employees at Avanti Cigar, a family business that decades ago employed seventy Scrantonians.
Scranton 05Wyoming Avenue, reflected in the glass entrance to the Steamtown Mall. Nearly half of the stores have been shuttered.
Scranton 06An American flag flies at half-staff downtown, honouring victims of the Colorado movie theatre massacre in July.
Scranton 08A defunct convenience story at midday.
Scranton 09Laura Solomon at the Electric City Tattoo Gallery, where she had her septum piercing repaired.
Scranton 12A concrete walkway bridges two abandoned buildings, part of the Scranton Lace Factory grounds.
Scranton 13A quiet evening at the South Side Bowl.
Scranton 14A US Army veteran at the Bog bar in downtown Scranton.
Scranton 15Jacquard punch cards, once used to make Nottingham lace, litter a derelict room in the abandoned factory.

This appeared in the November 2012 issue.

Alan Chin contributes to Newsweek and the New York Times.