|Taryn Simon documented counterfeit items that were seized in New York|
|Plants (above), drugs, and animal parts were seized too|
There were also pirated DVDs, steroids, narcotics, plants and sex stimulants. Other odd items included dead animals, cow-manure tooth powder, gold dust and overproof Jamaican rum.
It was a fascinating documentation of what people try to bring into the country, and how Simon tried to photograph them as clinically clean as possible without any frame of reference, except for a plain white background.
|The flowers for the China-Pakistan agreement|
This is what Simon photographed -- not the actual flower arrangements, but recreated them before taking their pictures and researching where the flowers came from and how they seem to have no relationship with the countries or the agreements that are signed.
The photographs are blown up large and placed in beautiful teak frames that include a description of the arrangement and the history of the accord, treaty, or decree that was signed.
|Floral arrangement for the China-Russia gas deal|
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