The image is from a photo series called "Welcome to Tchotchke Town" which was published in the "LOOK" section of The New York Times Magazine on December 13, 2013. The series is about a marketplace that claims to be the world's largest for small goods and is located in China's southeastern Zhejiang province in a city called Yiwu. With over 4 million square meters of vendors the market displays our insatiable need for cheap consumer goods.
Eric Michael Johnson (b. 1972, USA) is a photographer / filmmaker based between Shanghai and New York City specializing in portrait and reportage assignment work. Currently under contract for The New York Times, he photographs for programs like "The Neediest Cases", a 100-year-old program that brings together donations from its readership to participating social welfare agencies. In addition to assignment work, Eric's recent personal projects include a war veteran treatment facility near Moscow, violent crime victims in Mexico City's emergency rooms, and inside New York City's largest homeless shelter Bellevue. He has received honors from organizations like PDN, American Photography, and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Academy Awards).