Photographers Capture the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor
A new book looks at extreme privilege in an unequal world.
When people think of inequality, they often think first of the lives of the world's poorest people. This Friday, a new book puts the spotlight on the richest.
1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality features 50 images from different photographers that show vast class disparities around the world. By mostly showcasing the wealthy, the book responds to previous photo collections that have documented the poor and struggling in an almost idolizing way.
"When we glamorize or hero-ize the bottom one percent, the struggling migrants, in a sense we accept their plight and say that we, in a sense, permit this to continue happening, this economic injustice," says Myles Little, the book's editor.
"Instead of turning people like that into icons or heroes," he continues, "you might say instead that they are victims of a crime—and it's not them that we should be interrogating, but maybe the people who put them there."
Little also views the collection as a response to the 1950s photo exhibit Family of Man, which optimistically tried to show that we are all humans, part of the same world.
"I have huge respect for [that exhibit]," Little says. "But I felt like, with inequality skyrocketing all around the world … it's hard to claim that we're all in this together."
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