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Chris Jordan on Colbert Report

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Image from Running the Numbers by Chris Jordan.

Image from Running the Numbers by Chris Jordan.
spacerChris Jordan talks to Stephen Colbert about his Intolerable Beauty photo series

“As an American consumer myself, I am in no position to finger wag; but I do know that when we reflect on a difficult question in the absence of an answer, our attention can turn inward, and in that space may exist the possibility of some evolution of thought or action.

So my hope is that these photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry. It may not be the most comfortable terrain, but I have heard it said that in risking self-awareness, at least we know that we are awake. ”

—Chris Jordan on Intolerable Beauty

Chris Jordan at Greener Gadgets
In this striking speech photographer Chris Jordan eloquently explains his latest work and why he does it.

Chris Jordan
Startling images present contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on.

Intolerable Beauty DVD by Chris JordanIntolerable Beauty (DVD)
In this short video for young people, Chris narrates a visual tour through his consumerism images. He ends with a call to action for America’s youth: to join the movement that is changing the world.

Cover of the Intolerable Beauty Catalogue by Chris JordanFind out more at

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