Taryn Simon's Contraband is a new photo book and exhibition filled with photos of items seized by agents at New York's J.F.K. airport and mail facility. Contraband is filled with photos of bizarre and occasionally illegal items that really give an insight into what life is like in other parts of the world.
Standard drugs and pills make up some of Simon's Contraband, but the majority of it seems to be stuff that is deemed culturally unacceptable in the U.S. Take for example the deer penis seized from a person of Asian origin or the lard seized from a Ukrainian. Simon's Contraband serves as a great reminder as to what the modern-day American dream is all about. These photos are definitely worth a look and are sure to spark many questions.
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