Photo Factory: Kashgar, China

Kashgar, China, 1992

A boy and his donkey cart, with two passengers. Kashgar, China. 1992

We are at number 240 in our push to scan about 800 Pakistan and China slides onto digital media. I’ve set up a small Taylorist sweatshop at our kitchen table, complete with posted workflows and signage to “be happy in your work.” (Just kidding about that last bit.) Jim takes an envelope of slides and sets them up in serial order (lowest # on bottom), in stacks left-to-right. I appear and feed them into the Ion scanner, using the multiple-slide feeder. This takes about 10 minutes. Then I run upstairs to upload the SD card into the corresponding folder on my computer. Jim takes charge of the slides again to return them, in order, to their multi-compartment cellophane envelope. He’s threatening to unionize, but I think he’s joking.

Since it was surely a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, I think the effort is worth it.

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