Taryn Simon is a New York-born photographer/writer. Her work, Contraband (2010), presents 1,075 images of items that were detained from passengers and mail entering the United States from abroad. Simon staked out at JFK Airport from November 16, 2009 to November 20, 2009 to photograph the seized items.
It is quite the interesting photography project.
Below, clockwise from top left: counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags; steroids and other drugs, unidentified liquid, (hidden in Thermos in satin bedding); bird corpse, (labeled as home décor, shipped from Indonesia to Florida); bootleg Lost DVDs; fake perfume and cologne.
View more photos of Contraband here.