10. Taryn Simon

In an age when images are exchanged and made with seemingly frictionless ease, Simon chooses to belabor the act of photography with her large-format photography. She approaches archiving and categorization as an artful activity. Among her epic collections of images is the well-known 2010 work Contraband, which features 1,075 images of the items seized from passengers and mail packages at New York City's JFK Airport within a span of a few days.

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Above: Contraband, 2010