What's In Em?

Ed Burtynsky, Container Ports No. 8, Racine Port, Montréal, Québec 2001
The Port of Long Beach in California is one of the biggest ports for imported goods from China on the globe. It is estimated that in 2003 36 billion dollars worth of new consumer products came into Long Beach, CA daily [machinery, toys, footware] from China. While the US expored 3 billion raw materials [cotton to make toys, hides to make shoes, waste paper to make cardboard/packaging, scrap metal to make new machinery].


  1. Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Do you know of German photographer Frank Breuer’s work on containers?:

  2. Posted May 11, 2007 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I do and like his work quite a bit. Though it’s best to see the prints with his work.
    HIs work and Matt Siber’s have a lot of the same interests:

  3. John
    Posted May 11, 2007 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    What’s in em? A fabulous bounty of crap. The bottom right container in Burtynsky’s photo is filled to the brim with these.

  4. Posted May 11, 2007 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Brian, I hadn’t realized the disparity between imports and exports was that high, 12:1 fer chrissakes! But if it is stuff like John shows that we are importing, we could all use cuteness in our lives, eh?
    I started to think about (communist)China and our dealings with them the other day when I heard a piece on NPR about the difficulties of travel to (Communist)Cuba for even basic humanitarian purposes. I guess Cuba just doesn’t have enough of that good ol’ laizze faire wheel grease……..

  5. Posted May 11, 2007 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    This is cutting edge work

  6. Posted May 18, 2007 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    this photograph made me think of chris jordan’s work…kind of about similar issues. i’m sure you’ve seen it, but his artist statement is very interesting to read. you and him also have very similar ideas/subject matter in your work…though the result is very different.

  7. Posted May 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    I knew this would happen someday, someone confusing Ed’s work for Chris Jordan’s. Actually, Chris is a bit of a johnny-come-lately and has taken a lot of flack for ripping off Burtynsky. To be fair, they happen to be drawn to similar subject matter (as are others) and much of Chris’s work is quite different. Still, there are a number of Jordan’s works which are absolutely derivative of Burtynsky’s. Read this.

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