27 November 2006

Material World

When I went to visit my family in Chicago, I saw a (permanent?) photography exhibit in O'Hare airport called Material World.

Here is the text from their card describing the show: "
Welcome to Material World.

In an unprecedented effort, 16 of the world's foremost photographers traveled to 30 nations around the globe to live for a week with families that are statistically average for that nation.

At the end of each visit, photographers and subjects collaborated on a remarkable portrait of the family outside its home, surrounded by all of its possessions.

A few jars for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others.

Vividly portraying the look and feel of the human condition everywhere on Earth like nothing before.

Material World illuminates the pivotal question facing our species today.

Can all 5 billion of us have all the things we want?"
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