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If you've ever bought jeans that weren't dark rinse and crisp as a new dollar bill, then you'll want to look at this series of photos taken inside a denim-distressing factory. Writes the photographer: "I used to scoff at paying a premium for jeans that come with holes in them already. Then I saw just how much work goes into distressing jeans, and I realized that these people are artists. You can’t just have any loose threads, you have to have the right loose threads. They can’t just be faded. They have to be the right color. A lot of work goes into making these jeans look just right." It doesn't hurt that the photos are gorgeous. [David Friedman Photo]