Photography Book Launch: 1% Privilege...

Brian Sokol at the Half King
1% Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality 

           Ed. Myles Little,
           texts by Geoff Dyer and 
Joseph Stiglitz

     Tuesday Jan 19, 2016, 7:30 PM 

Myles Little will share the story of his book and the traveling exhibit he curated which accompanies it. Moderating the discussion will be NYU Visiting Scholar Jean-Philippe Dedieu. As well, the following contributing photographers will join: Nina Berman, Kevin Cooley, David Leventi, Juliana Sohn, and Floto+Warner.

In March 2015, billionaire private equity investor Paul Tudor Jones II predicted that the wealth gap would close “…in one of three ways: either through revolution, higher taxes, or wars.”
To curate 1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, Myles took as a departure point Edward Steichen's 1955 project The Family of Man. Steichen’s aim with Family was to capture "the essential oneness of mankind.” But sixty years later, the colossal inequality underpinning the world's societies means that for Myles's purposes, Steichen's goal was "less and less viable." (As example, the six-heir Walmart fortune accounts for more wealth than the bottom 42% of Americans combined.) Thus, Myles crafted his project to reflect such distortion, aiming to "borrow the language of privilege and use it to observe and critique privilege.” In the end, he landed on “a small number of polished, well-crafted, medium format photographs by some of today’s best photographers."
~ Anna Van Lenten

The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional photography. In tandem with its reading series, The Half King fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their unique relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, Assignments Editor at Getty Reportage, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.
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