Can Shopping Make You Happy?

From the looks of these people, no.


In 2001, citizens were encouraged to take to the malls to boost the US economy through shopping, thereby equating consumerism with patriotism. The Copia project, a direct response to that advice, is a long-term photographic examination of the peculiarities and complexities of the consumer-dominated culture in which we live.

Flushing, NY, 2004
 

Black River Falls, Wisconsin, 2006
 

Edinburgh, UK, 2003
 

Chicago, IL, 2003
 

Gurnee, IL, 2003
 

Edinburgh, UK, 2003
 

Chicago, IL, 2003
 

Gurnee, IL, 2003
 

Untitled, Thrift, 2006
 

Chicago, IL, 2003
 

Cleveland, OH, 2003
 

Gurnee, IL, 2005
 

Gurnee, IL, 2005
 

Lyndhurst, OH, 2004
 

Chicago, IL, 2003
 

Medford, NY, 2003
 

Granger, IN, 2003
 

Untitled, Thrift, 2006
 

Untitled, Thrift, 2006
 

Kenosha, WI, 2003

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