by Taryn Simon
Taryn Simon lived in John F Kennedy International Airport from November 16 through November 20, 2009. JFK processes more international passengers than any other airport in the United States. Contraband includes photographs taken 24 hours a day of over 1000 items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the U.S. from abroad. Over five days, in both the U...more
Paperback, 479 pages
Published November 11th 2010 by Gerhagerrd Steidl
(first published October 1st 2010)
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Maybe this work looks better on the gallery wall bigger and in grids? While I appreciate the neutral presentation of all of the items, and some of the stuff seized is wild, overall the book feels lifeless and flat. Perhaps punchier lighting and book design could have helped better support this very interesting concept.