WORLDWIDE PHOTO EXHIBIT
I'm curating an exhibit of documentary photos about wealth inequality. After two years of work, it's traveling to 7 countries and counting (USA, China, UAE, Nigeria, Guatemala, Bosnia and Wales).
Included are some of the best photographers alive, like Paolo Woods, Gabriele Galimberti, Christopher Anderson, Nina Berman and David Chancellor.
It's an exhibit people are calling:
“Haunting” — The Independent
“Incredible...fascinating...unique” — The Washington Post
“Gorgeous” — Refinery29
“Impressive” — Stern
“Glossy and disturbing” curated by “a rising leader and visionary in the industry” —The Huffington Post
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz is writing an essay for it. Geoff Dyer, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author is also writing an essay.
Each of these shows is fully funded and ready to go.
Recently, a major European publisher named Hatje Cantz has offered to make a book with the work. But, as is often the case with publishing these days, I’ll need to contribute part of the funding to cover the costs of production.
So I'm launching this Kickstarter campaign to help make that book happen.
FACTS ABOUT INEQUALITY
Take a look at these facts to see why inequality is such an urgent issue right now.
- The top 1% of the population owns 50% of global wealth.
- Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has so much money that the interest he makes off it alone is equivalent to the average annual wages of 400,000 Mexicans.
- Six members of the Walton family own more wealth than the bottom 40% of America.
- In 2014, the top five hedge fund managers in America made about one billion dollars each.
- Inequality in the US is at a 100-year peak.
- From 2009 to 2012, the top 1% of Americans saw their income grow by over 30%. The other 99% saw an increase of under 1%.
- Harvard Business School asked Americans how much they think major CEOs make relative to ordinary workers. The median respondent thought the ratio was perhaps 30 to 1. The reality? It's closer to 350 to 1.
In exchange for your support, you will receive:
4x6" with Jesse Chehak's 'Hollywood, California' printed on the front
Choose from among the following photographs:
“The Heavens” book by Paolo Woods & Gabriele Galimberti
Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2015
310mm x 246mm, 218 pages, 84 color plates & extensive illustrations
- Publisher: Hatje Cantz
- (Cover design below is preliminary)
GLOBAL EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
Pingyao International Photography Festival
September 9-15, 2015
East Wing Gallery
September 25 - October 25, 2015
LagosPhoto (Satellite Exhibit)
October 17 - November 21, 2015
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Fotografija Godine BIH Festival
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
January 29-31, 2016
Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University
The Eye – International Photography Festival
September 30 - October 2, 2016
Huffington Post #1
Huffington Post #2
Charleston City Paper
OTHER IMAGES FROM THE BOOK
Christopher Anderson (b. 1970, Canada) is a member of Magnum Photos and is New York magazine's first ever photographer-in-residence. He is a recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, awarded for “exceptional courage and enterprise”.
Nina Berman (b. 1960, USA) has worked for Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine and Geo, and has won multiple World Press and Pictures of the Year awards. Her series Marine Wedding was exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2010. Berman is an associate professor at Columbia University and a member of the NOOR photo collective.
Sasha Bezzubov (b. 1965, Ukraine), working both solo and with his sometime collaborator Jessica Sucher, uses a large format camera to photograph people and the land in diverse series. Bezzubov is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship Award. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of the City of New York, and has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and Time. Republic of Dust was exhibited at Front Room Gallery (NY) in 2015.
Peter Bialobrzeski (b. 1961, Germany) has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Africa, the US and Australia. He won World Press Photo awards in 2003 and 2010. Peter teaches at the University of the Arts in Bremen/Germany. He is represented by Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, LA Galerie in Frankfurt/Germany and also shows with Robert Morat Gallery and m97 Gallery in Shanghai.
Guillaume Bonn (b. 1970, Madagascar) has reported on social and conservation issues across Africa for the last 20 years. He is a contributor to Vanity Fair and everydayafrica. He is the recipient of several awards including the POPCAP12 for Contemporary African Photography and was nominated for the 2015 Pictet Prize. His forthcoming book Mosquito Coast, Travels from Maputo to Mogadishu will be launched in November 2015 during Paris Photo.
Jörg Brüggemann (b. 1979, Germany) is a member of OSTKREUZ agency. His first monograph “Metalheads - The Global Brotherhood“ was published in 2012. His work has appeared in the PDN Photo Annual, ZEIT Magazin, GEO as well as on TIME’s photo blog Lightbox.
David Chancellor (b. 1961, UK) is a documentary photographer focused on mankind’s commodification of wildlife. Recognized by World Press Photo, the Taylor Wessing National Portrait Prize and Pictures of the Year International, Chancellor published the monograph “Hunters” in 2012.
Jesse Chehak (b. 1979, USA) studied photography under Joel Sternfeld and Frank Gohlke. His investigations of the physical and social landscape of the American West have been exhibited in galleries such as Bruce Silverstein and Lucas. He works for clients ranging from Ogilvy & Mather to Newsweek.
Kevin Cooley (b. 1975, USA) uses photography, video, and installation to consider our evolving relationship with technology, nature, and ultimately each other. Cooley's work was featured in solo exhibitions at the Nevada Museum of Art, The Museum of Photographic Arts and Kopeikin Gallery. His work is in prominent collections including the Guggenheim Museum.
Floto+Warner are a husband and wife team based in Brooklyn, NY. Cassandra Warner (b. 1975) graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.A. in Photographic Arts and Jeremy Floto (b. 1976) is self-trained. Together their work expands beyond photography to sculpture and painting. Floto+Warner’s dispassionate removed approach often focuses on human intervention in the realm of nature and landscape. Their work has been in exhibited in the Carnegie Museum of Art, Walker Art Center and Yale University Art Gallery. Commercial clients include AT&T, Volkswagen, Canon, SAP and General Electric.
Gabriele Galimberti (b. 1977, Italy) is known for his typological portrait series shot around the globe. He began his career as a commercial photographer, but has gone on to exhibit his documentary projects at venues such as Festival Images and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Greg Girard (b. 1955, Canada) has spent much of his career in Asia, examining its social and physical transformations, especially in its largest cities, for more than three decades. He is the author of several photographic books. He has shown his work at The International Centre of Photography, and he has work in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. He is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.
Shane Lavalette (b. 1987, USA) is a photographer, the founding Publisher/Editor of Lavalette publishing company, and the Director of the photography non-profit Light Work. Lavalette’s photographs have been shown at Aperture Gallery, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Musée de l’Elysée. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire and Wallpaper*.
David Leventi (b. 1978, USA), the son of two architects, was inspired to pursue architectural photography while working for Robert Polidori. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Travel + Leisure. Leventi is represented by Rick Wester Fine Art, among other galleries.
Michael Light (b. 1963, USA) is a photographer, bookmaker and pilot focused on the environment and how contemporary American culture relates to it. A Guggenheim Fellow, Light has published 21 editions of his five books worldwide since 1993. His work is in the collections of major museums from SF MoMA to the Victoria and Albert.
Andrew Moore (b. 1957, USA) best known for his large format photographs of Cuba, Russia, Times Square, Detroit, and most recently, the American High Plains. Moore’s photographs are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House and the Library of Congress amongst many others. His newest book, called Dirt Meridian, will be released in the fall of 2015 and accompany an exhibition of the same title at the Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha in 2016.
Zed Nelson (b. 1965, Uganda) is known for long term projects that interrogate contemporary Western society. He has published three books titled “Gun Nation”, “Love Me” and “A Portrait of Hackney”, and has won multiple awards including First Prize in the World Press Photo and the Visa d’Or, Perpignan. Nelson’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Britain (UK), numerous international solo shows, and is in the permanent collection of the V&A museum and National Portrait Gallery, London.
Mike Osborne (b. 1978, USA) makes work touching on a ranges of themes, including architecture, landscape, history, and technology. His first book, Floating Island, was published in summer 2014. Osborne is an assistant professor at Georgetown University.
Ben Quinton (b. 1990, UK) studied commercial photography but his documentary work appears in outlets such as the Saturday Telegraph Magazine and Monocle. Based in London, his interests include British culture both in the UK and abroad, as well as the rapid westernization of Africa.
Daniel Shea (b. 1985, USA) is a photographer and sculptor. His photo book on the fictitious Rust Belt city of Blisner, Illinois was accompanied by an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Shea’s work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and W.
Anna Skladmann (b. 1986, Germany) is perhaps best known for her portraits of the children of the Russian elite, a project inspired in part by Gilded Age American portrait painters such as James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. Her work has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, Moscow and FotoFest Biennial.
Juliana Sohn (b. 1969, South Korea) graduated from RISD and immediately began assisting the photographer Albert Watson. Working on subjects ranging from food, travel and portraits, she has shot for clients such as The New York Times Magazine, Marie Claire and The FADER.
Henk Wildschut (b. 1967, Netherlands) has exhibited his work throughout Europe and Asia. In 2011 his book Shelter was awarded with the Kees Scherer prize for the best Dutch photo book, and the prestigious Dutch Doc 2011 Award for best documentary project. He is currently working on a project about Dutch food production for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Paolo Woods (b. 1970, The Netherlands) is devoted to long-term projects that blend photography with investigative journalism. Woods has been recognized by the World Press Photo awards and has had exhibitions with Open Society Moving Walls and the Rencontres d'Arles festival.
Daniel Brena (b. 1982, USA), director of Centro Fotográfico Manuel Álvarez Bravo in Oaxaca, Mexico, was a consultant on this exhibit.
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