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Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009)

This photograph shows the actual, untouched stomach contents of an albatross chick on Midway Atoll, a tiny stretch of sand and coral near the middle of the North Pacific Ocean. Adult albatross soar over the ocean, collecting what looks like food, and feed their babies plastic waste. Each year tens of thousands of albatross chicks die on Midway from starvation, toxicity and choking.

© Chris Jordan, Courtesy of Kopeikin Gallery

The Floyd and Shirley Daniel Endowment brought Seattle-based photographer Chris Jordan to Whitworth in October as part of Inauguration Week. Jordan's large-scale works are both beautiful and disturbing in their depiction of the impact of mass cultural consumption. To learn more about Jordan's ongoing Midway project and to view his other artworks, visit www.chrisjordan.com.


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