These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs — shot over five days last year for the book and exhibition, ‘‘Contraband’’ — of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. The miscellany of prohibited objects — from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd — attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires.
I couldn’t decide which photo to use as example, (deer penis? bottle of meat? Cow hoof bottle? Lard? there are so many!) but I decided to go with “plastic pitcher of salami.”