Photographic record of a Chinese toy factory

Unhappy faces. Workers asleep under benches. The gauzy memories of too much lead in the paint. Interestingly, despite the close-up nature of the work, none of the employees (mostly women) shown in this photographic log of a Chinese toy factory assembly line wear glasses. Or smiles. Okay, one or two have half-smiles.

And there are piles and piles of generic, mostly-unidentifiable toys in various states of entropy. Which makes you think of how these products, designed for the amusement of the very young, are somehow a reflection of the mature lives in charge of assembly. According to the article, 70% of the world’s toys are manufactured in China. These photographs create a somewhat chilling juxtaposition between the Chinese workers and the little bundles of disposable joy they’re paid pennies per hour (at a guess) to assemble.