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Contraband by Taryn Simon

Over the course of five days, Taryn Simon took 1,075 photographs of items seized by customs at Kennedy International Airport. Some items don’t come as a surprise (drugs, weapons, counterfeit Louis Vuitton), but others are just plain odd – and fascinating (cow dung toothpaste, insect larvae, a pitcher of salami). Her work will be published this fall in a book titled Contraband.