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Photoville NYC "Fashion's True Price" Exhibit Examines Local Costs of Global Goods

Event Date:

September 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM EDT
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In just a quarter century, one of the world's poorest countries has transformed itself into Africa's...

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Image by Larry C. Price. Burkina Faso, 2013.

Join the Pulitzer Center from September 18-28 at New York's Photoville for Global Goods, Local Costs: Fashion's True Price—a visual exploration of the human lives affected by the production of the clothing and accessories we wear every day.

Photographers Sean Gallagher, Jason Motlagh and Larry C. Price take a hard look at exploitative working conditions, health hazards and environmental implications in the production of leather, garments and gold. Pulitzer Center Multimedia Projects Coordinator Meghan Dhaliwal curated the exhibition.

Behind almost every product we buy, there is a story that begins worlds away from where it ends. The local costs of the production of these goods too often remain hidden. They are obscured by companies and governments that put a premium on production and exports. They are little understood by consumers, whose concept of "price" and "value" does not include damage done to people and places half a world away.

Photoville is New York City's largest annual photographic event—a modular venue built from re-purposed shipping containers creating an immersive and interactive, free photography exhibition.

"Global Goods, Local Costs" reporting is an effort to examine the true costs of producing the commodities that have become essential to our lifestyles but that mostly we take for granted. These reports—which also were curated into a Pulitzer Center e-book, "Tarnished: The True Cost of Gold"—touch on goods and challenges across the globe that share a common theme: the implications of a vision of endless prosperity set against the reality of a finite planet.

Gallagher focused on the affects of chromium contamination, lead pollution and pesticide poisoning that have led to toxic destruction of rural and urban areas throughout India. In Bangladesh, Motlagh investigated the hidden cost of the garment industry there and what led to the tragedy in Rana Plaza. Price explored the implications of small-scale mining on child laborers in the Philippines, Indonesia and Burkina Faso.

Thursday, September 18
Exhibition Launch 4:00 pm
Opening Night Celebration 7:30 pm
The Uplands of Pier 5*
One Brooklyn Bridge Park
360 Furman Street
Brooklyn, New York City, NY 11201

*off Furman Street and next to One Brooklyn Bridge Park

The exhibition continues through Sunday, September 28. For a full schedule, including exhibition times and other events, visit the Photoville website.


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