Throughout history, the desire for natural resources and manufactured goods has been the impetus for exploration, trade and conflict. Today, acquisitive impulses continue to fuel consumer spending and drive a juggernaut of opportunistic economic policy that is often billed as “free trade.”
Thanks to massive container vessels, international shipment of millions of tons of product has never been easier. As a result, manufacturing operations have been dispersed throughout the world. Global trade routes form a complex network dependent on an unbroken supply of fossil fuels and, of course, people willing to do the work.
Although it is individual effort that makes the entire international marketplace possible, the human aspect of global trade is often overlooked. To address this cultural myopia, this edition of Daylight examines the people involved with the production and trade of a number of global commodities. Among the featured portfolios are Ian Teh’s photographs of coal miners in China, Heidi Schumann’s portraits of people affected by arms trafficking in Guatemala and Heinrich Voelkel’s project documenting Africans immigrating to Europe out of desperation for a better life. We hope you enjoy this look at international industry and that this publication raises awareness of the important, but often invisible, sources of commodities being produced and traded in the world today.
The publication features work from:
Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Ali Chraibi, Kadir van Lohuizen, Heidi Schumann, Allan Sekula, elin o’Hara slavick, Ian Teh, Heinrich Voelkel, and Michael Wolf.
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January 8, 2007 6:30-9:30pm @
The Bubble Lounge
228 West Broadway
New York City
In conjunction with Seen/Unseen, Daylight will be hosting a release party and fundraiser at the Bubble Lounge, NYC on January 8, 2007. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door. All guests will receive a copy of Issue #5 and be entered into a raffle to win original, signed photographs by: Samantha Appleton, Stanley Greene, Kadir van Lohuizen, Ivor Prickett, Michael Wolf.