News__ We Are Weird

July 30, 2010 | By

The New York Times confirms today that people are absolute freaks. Photographer Taryn Simon, shot a set of 1,075 photos of detained or seized contraband from passengers or mail entering the US at the New York Kennedy airport. From Louis Vuitton handbags to guinea pigs to a bag of lard, "Contraband" is a beautiful display of how weird we are as people. The selection of photos will be shown as an exhibition and turned into a book. "The miscellany of prohibited objects — from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd — attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires, " The New York Times says. It must be a gross, disgusting, and always entertaining job  for whoever has to go through this stuff regularly.

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