Chris Jordan Skull With Cigarette 2007

Skull With Cigarette, 2007  98″ x 72″ archival inkjet print
Depicts 200,000 packs of cigarettes, equal to the number of Americans who die from cigarette smoking every six months. Based on a painting by Van Gogh.

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Chris Jordan Pain Killers 2007

Pain Killers, 2007 60″ x 80″ archival inkjet print
Depicts 213,000 Vicodin pills, equal to the number of emergency room visits yearly in the US related to misuse or abuse of prescription pain killers.

Chris Jordan Pain Killers 2007 detail

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This may not do with medical visualization directly, but it’s visualization nonetheless.

We are bombarded with statistics everyday, whether on the news or in magazines. But what impact do they really have? Can people really visualize the impact of America using 15 million sheets of office paper every five minutes or consuming 106,000 aluminum cans every 30 seconds in the U.S?

Chris Jordan’s new photographic series entitled Running the Numbers: an American Self-Portrait “visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.”

The original prints are very large, which certainly carry more impact when viewed in person. See Chris Jordan’s web portfolio to look at other stunning statistical visualizations.