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Jim Goldberg : Rich and Poor

By (author) Jim Goldberg

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From 1977 to 1985, Jim Goldberg photographed the wealthy and destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document that has since become a landmark work. Through the combination of text and photographs, "Rich and Poor'"s mass appeal was instantly recognizable. In 1984 the series was exhibited alongside Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in the "Three Americans"exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and was published the following year by Random House. Out of print since 1985, "Rich and Poor" has been completely redesigned and expanded by the artist for this Steidl edition. Available for the first time in hardcover, "Rich and Poor" builds upon the classic combination of photographs and handwriting and adds a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs in "Rich and Poor" constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America during the 1970s and 80s that remains just as relevant today

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 246 x 324 x 28mm | 1,879.97g
  • 30 Sep 2014
  • Steidl Publishers
  • Steidl Verlag
  • Gottingen
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • 3869306882
  • 9783869306889
  • 170,349

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Jim Goldberg was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1953. He has been working with experimental storytelling for over thirty years with major projects including Rich and Poor (1977-85), Raised by Wolves (1985-95), and Open See (2003-present). He joined Magnum Photos in 2002. He has been awarded three NEA grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award (2007), and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2011).

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This study of the wealthy and the very less-than in San Francisco was created between 1977 and 1985, and was featured as part of the "Three Americans" exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Using a combination of photographs and text, this photo essay truly brings to the viewer not just the sense of the times, but also of the hopes, dreams and (very likely) future disappointments of the subjects. One striking image among many is that of a young man with a cat and a hat living in a transient hotel who states that his goal one day "is to build an empire." This volume is a redesign and reissue of an out-of-print 1985 edition.--Andre Crump"rangefinderonline.com" (12/16/2014)

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