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Around the World in Meticulously Staged Model Homes

For six years, NYC-based photographer Martin Adolfsson has flitted from continent to continent touring the model homes in burgeoning foreign economies, capturing through photos of impeccably aligned dish soap bottles and vintage Corn Flake flatware an identity of a rising middle class defined by what he calls "copy+paste behavior," basically the product of decades of American cultural dominion. (For example, yes, that's a framed portrait of John Kerry, above.) To get the shot, Adolfsson often had to hire locals to pose as his romantic partner and distract the broker—because apparently sales reps frown on prospective buyers taking photos of their perfectly placed dog toys, strips of putting green, and seat-belted kitchen valences.

? St Andrews Manor in Shanghai, China. "The fact that a family in Cairo decorates their living room in the same way as a family living in Arizona makes these places less exotic (for good and bad)," Adolfsson told The Atlantic Cities in a recent interview, "but also makes it easier for people in developed countries to identify with those living in emerging economies."

? Another shot of St. Andrews Manor. Adolfsson told The Atlantic Cities that this portrait of John Kerry was his strangest discovery.

? Mantri Espania in Bangalore, India.

? Parkway Chalet in Bangkok, Thailand.

? Sens in Mexico City. His complete oeuvre, right this way.

· Suburbia Gone Wild [official site]
· Sneaking Inside the World's Multiplying McMansions [The Atlantic Cities]
· All Photography posts [Curbed National]