Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies serves as a meticulous and mesmerizing meditation on materialism, masculinity and geopolitical movements over the course of the last fifty years, via the vehicles, weapons, and women that have featured in Bond films during the same period of time. (Aaron Schuman TIME
American artist Taryn Simon has won acclaim by using photography to document scenes usually kept hidden from the public eye, like confiscated items at JFK Airport or the CIA's art collection. Her latest book, Birds of the West Indies (Hatje Cantz Verlag), takes on a much more familiar subject: the women, weapons and cars of the James Bond film franchise. " I wanted to look at the accessories that helped construct the powerful Western male fantasy in these films," says Simon. (Jen Renzi WSJ.