Artificial Flower Factory

Flower factory

Photographer Taylor Glenn has taken a different approach to many when trying to depict the mass manufacture taking place in China on our behalf. While others focus on the sheer number of people, Glenn is using portraiture to focus on individuals. In doing this he seems to capture not only the essence of life for those making things like, in this case, artificial flowers, but also the fact that this stuff is all pretty much hand-made.

“Because manufacturing has rapidly gone overseas I believe we are so less aware of what goes into making the products that most of us use, whether it be flowers or a toaster. A lot of it is still made by hand in places like this in China. Its mind boggling when you look at how much work goes into production of things that are really so meaningless in the scope of things.”

Flower girl

(Read and see more at An Artificial Flower Factory in China Photographed by Taylor Glenn.)

Advertisements

Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life

The American radio programme This American Life recently ran an episode in which Mike Daisey visited a factory in China.

Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out.

You can listen to the programme free online or download it (iTunes 79p) from This American Life. Or check the module Dropbox (students only).