NYC-based photographer Quentin Shih is the man behind this creative project, which involves a Chinese coal-mining city, Linfen, its inhabitants and 9 dollars spent on fashion items.
For this series, “9 Dollars Fashion for Photography”, Shih traveled to Linfen, where he stayed for three weeks and composed a number of shots aimed to resemble basic fashion photography. However, the whole point of the project is a fixed budget of 9 $ for each item displayed in the pictures. For this reason, most pieces of clothing and accessories are actually imitations.
Being China a particularly prolific soil for counterfeit products, the initial aim of the photographer, who wanted to display young locals’ everyday life, has soon been replaced by a more striking result. In fact, the images seem to be an artistic approach to the normality of forgery in the country.