Taryn Simon's Contraband


Taryn Simon spent 5 days camped out at JFK’s Terminal 4 documenting the ceaseless flow of contraband confiscated by US Customs for her book and exhibition titled Contraband. Cow-dung toothpaste, unidentified mammals and a deer penis are just some of the 1,075 objects photographed by Simon that didn’t quite make their final destinations. The New York Times Magazine is featuring an excerpt of 40 images from the 500-page book, which will be published by Steidl this fall.


Drew Innis

A New Englander through and through, Drew grew up in Connecticut / New Hampshire and got over educated in Boston. He also lived on a beach in Southern California for some years. Film, photography, music and literature monopolize his time these days. Drew lives in Brooklyn, NY, eats too many cheeseburgers at the Commodore and hopes to carry on simply one day on a big piece of land by the sea without the computer or YouTube.

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