Strange Cargo

Photographer Taryn Simon spent five days and nights at Kennedy International Airport to document contraband items detained and seized from international flights. After setting up a makeshift studio at an inspection site, Taryn photographed 1,075 items that were taken from passengers and express mail. “I wanted the shoot to be somewhat of a performance piece, where my photographs were replicating the actual flow of goods during a very fixed period of time,” she said. Every item has been meticulously cataloged for a 500-page book, “Contraband,” that will be published this fall.
Find out more about the project here.