Archive for February 18th, 2010

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Photographer of the Day: Lorena Turner

All of these images are from Lorena Turner’s photo series, “Made in China”. As Lorena puts it:

When we purchase basic consumable items, we have a perception that they are clean, untainted, absent of a history. Made in China asks us to reconsider that.

In touching and interacting with objects that workers in China make for us, but we are blind as to what happens before these objects are put on store shelves and brought into our daily lives. We are unaware of the human factor in their production. Made in China is an attempt to reveal this invisible history. For the project, items made and enclosed in packages in China then sold in the US, were purchased, dusted for fingerprints, then photographed. The images evidence another’s touch, another human’s relationship with them.

It is generally not a part of our job description as consumers to be concerned with where the items we buy come from, and at what cost to the environment, human experience or culture. It makes us better consumers to be abstracted from that process. Made in China is not intended to comment on the scale or absurdity of our consumptive practices, but to remind us that we are only one factor in that equation.

See the rest of the photo series, Made in China, here:




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