Taryn Simon's Contraband series is a witty exposé: of the desires and demands that drive the world's diverse economies. The accompanying book is published by Steidl



Chicken feet (Avian Influenza/Newcastle Disease), 9CFR.94 (prohibited) From the series Contraband, 2009 Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

These photographs are part of a set of 1,075 images taken at both the US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the US Postal Service International Mail Facility at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Taryn Simon remained on site at JFK for four days and continuously photographed items detained or seized from passengers and from express mail entering the United States from abroad.

Gold dust, India (undeclared)

Steroids, Testosterone & Sustanon, Pakistan (illegal)

Deer penis, Asian origin, 9CFR.94 (prohibited)

Handbag, Louis Vuitton, disguised (counterfeit)



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