|Chris Jordan's work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe, and was recently shortlisted for the first annual Prix Pictet in Paris. His recent exhibitions include In Katrina's Wake: Portraits of Loss from an Unnatural Disaster. Jordan lives in Seattle.
New Book Release
Chris's new book titled Running the Numbers is now available at the Museum Store. The book is hard bound, 110 pages, and contains essays by Paul Hawken, Lucy R. Lippard, and Chris Bruce.
Statistics can be daunting and dry: 1,000,000 trees cut down every year; 9,000,000 American children without health insurance; 2,000,000 plastic bottles used every five minutes; 2,300,000 adults incarcerated in U.S. prisons. Renowned photographer Chris Jordan brings these staggering numbers to life in manipulated digital photographs that are at once alluring and shocking. A landscape of toothpicks, each representing a felled tree, stretches into the horizon; a looping maze of plastic cups reveal how many are used each day on airplane flights; fashioned from soda cans, a replica of a Seurat masterpiece becomes a lesson in waste; and thousands of Barbie dolls–representing the number of breast augmentations performed each year–combine to depict a woman's torso. Filled with astonishing photographs of surprising beauty, this book, manufactured from recycled materials, helps us grasp visually the potential consequences of our culture of waste.