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From the moment we're born to the moment we die, we produce it. It's as natural as breathing. But many of us can't bear to look at it, touch it or smell it. We dispose of it behind closed doors, flush it down clean white toilets; we don't mention it in polite company. It's one of "civilized" society's last taboos. Enough! It's the world's most underrated resource. We can cook with it, build with it, admire it, wear it. It's unique (no two examples are alike). It's as old as creation. It will never run out. It's time to celebrate shit.

Idea: Oliviero Toscani
Photos: Marirosa Toscani Ballo
Design: Thomas Hilland
Editors: Rose George, Carlos Mustienes
Researchers: Paola Boncompangni, Oliver Chanarin, Negar Esfandiary, Giuliana Rando, Benjamin Sutherland
Cover Design: Angelika Taschen

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