How do we value the life we are living? For 15 years, photographer Tim Mitchell has studied 21st century objects and commodities, as their transformation testifies to our ever-changing everyday values.
He is a poignant observer of social and environmental issues and in his first monograph Product, he asks what sustainable, ethical models of production and utilisation could be.
The book addresses the glamorous chaos of Paris Fashion Week as well as the repercussions of global clothes recycling and the financial crisis in Greece; economical, sociological and art historical essays by academics provide further context.
Featuring photographs from Mitchell’s various series and shot on locations such as the Fashion Week in Milan, textiles recycling depot in Yorkshire, second-hand sari traders in New Delhi, the dry docks of Liverpool, hotels in Greece, and the John Smedley factory in Derbyshire.
Authors include Dr. Carol McKay (Arts Team Leader, University of Sunderland), Prof. Mike Crang (Dept. of Geography, Durham University), Dr. Lucy Norris (Dept. of Anthropology, University College London), and Dr. George Revill (Senior Lecturer in Geography, The Open University).
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Tim Mitchell: Product at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (31 August – 3 November 2019).