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Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I was poking around the web and I came across these pictures of workers in Chinese factories. I had always imagined more of the utter chaos model of production: people working their fingers to the bone putting little do-ma-flatchers together, bosses running around screaming di-di-mao, boxes piled higgeldy-piggeldy up to the ceilings, frayed wires dangling, dim lights, etc. Instead we have these orderly, clean, well lighted, enormous rooms filled with people and modern equipment. Of course, it could still be hell-on-earth for the workers, but it certainly upset my imaginary Chinese factory.

Most of the photos are from Work in China - photographs by Edward Burtynsky

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