Jason Koxvold is a fine art photographer based between Brooklyn and Upstate New York. His works were internationally published — in Newsweek Japan, National Geographic Traveler and Wallpaper*, among others.
Presented series, titled KNIVES is the story of town in Upstate New York, which used to be a hub of the cutlery industry for over 150 years until its closing in 2004, which left over 500 people out of work. „That moment rippled out, and other businesses followed; the largest employer in the town became the maximum security prison, which houses around 1,000 inmates, generally from New York City”, Jason shares his thoughts.
While working on the series the artist aimed to gravitate towards long term projects, as to fully grasp and visualize the story. As he says: „KNIVES has been two years in the making, in large part because while the wound is relatively fresh, it’s not something that is talked about openly. Essentially, the town’s economy was gutted by the inexorable motion of neoliberalism - the desire to make goods for the lowest possible price to generate the greatest profit - and the owner of the company recently sold it to Smith and Wesson for $85 million. The only cost was the blood of the town of Wawarsing.”
Jason in the process of making a book of the project, which is being made possible by pre-orders on Kickstarter.