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The value of a dollarOct 20 2010

For his The Value of a Dollar project, Jonathan Blaustein took photographs of the amount of food he could purchase for a dollar.

One dollar bread

From an interview at the NY Times' Lens blog:

It was a cheeseburger that initially encouraged Mr. Blaustein, 36, to pursue his project, "The Value of a Dollar." When the economy was in the midst of its downward spiral, he visited a fast-food chain in New Mexico, where he lives. "On one menu they had a cheeseburger for a dollar," he said. What caught his eye, though, was another menu, which featured a double cheeseburger for the same price. That additional piece of meat, and the extra slice of cheese, somehow didn't change the price.

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