Making Good Time: Mike Mandel’s Unconventional Time/Motion Studies

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In the mid-1980s Mike Mandel stumbled upon a pair of photographs in a high school home economics textbook entitled Food Fundamentals. The photos claim to demonstrate how much more efficient it is to prepare a dinner from frozen pre-cooked foods, in contrast to making a meal from scratch. A photographer made a time/motion study of each, with lights attached to the cook’s wrist. The comparison of the light trails proves the point. The inherent absurdity of that set of images got Mandel started on Making Good Time. Subsequently, he discovered the stereographic imagery of efficiency studies created by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and he began to photograph his own time/motion studies of everyday life which resulted in the book Making…

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