• The American Landscape: Color  auction at Christies

    Sale 2205

    The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman

    7 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 40

    CHRIS JORDAN (B. 1963)

    Container Yard #1, Seattle, 2003

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    CHRIS JORDAN (B. 1963)
    Container Yard #1, Seattle, 2003
    ultrachrome pigmented inkjet print
    signed (on the verso); number 5 from an edition of 9
    44 x 59in. (111.8 x 150cm.)


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    Chris Jordan has said his work addresses "the immense scale of our consumption". Concerned with consumer issues related to waste, overuse and environmental destruction, his work is driven to provoke and instigate change that will positively impact the environment.

    At 38, Jordan left his 10 year law career to pursue photography full time. Working with a 8 x 10inch view camera and highly specialized film scanning lab, he is able to produce large-scale prints with an unparalleled clarity. Jordan seeks out waste management and recycling facilities, returning several times, if permitted, in order to get the perfect shot.

    The present lot, Container Yard #1, Seattle, 2003, was made at the Port of Seattle. Jordan spied the containers from an overpass and stopped to ask if he could make a picture. He was told it was impossible, so he returned on a Sunday.

    Provenance

    Paul Koepkin Gallery, Los Angeles


    Literature

    Jordan, Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption, Self-published, 2005