Lens Crafters

Photographs can brood, dance, fool, enchant. A new crop of creators makes them do all that--and much more

2007 Taryn Simon. Courtesy Steidl / Gagosian Gallery

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Contraband Room, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, New York, 2007.

Taryn Simon Her photographs offer a look at some of America's remaining unknown corners

SNEAK PEEK For a nation that was injured so grievously on Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. did not spend a lot of time nursing its wounds. Instead, we did what most countries do when they're attacked: we set out in pursuit of the people who did it. This left a quiet at home, and in that quiet, Taryn Simon turned inward.

Simon, now 33, thought some of the things that make the U.S. the remarkable--and sometimes polarizing--power it is might be hidden in its unseen corners, so...

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