Printed Matter

The Poverty Line
Chow and Lin

Poverty, in its universality, seems immediately understandable, and yet, as a global problem, its dissolution remains highly complex. To illustrate what it means to live at the poverty line, Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin visited thirty-six cities on six continents and examined poverty with regards to food.

Publication The Poverty Line
Artists Chow and Lin
Publisher Lars Müller Publisher

From the local markets, they bought vegetables, fruits, cereal products, proteins, and snacks – the amount of food they could afford per day based on the respective poverty line definition set by each government. They photographed the resulting pile of food, placed on a page of a local newspaper from that day. Using visual typology and artistic research as their guiding principle, they carefully calibrated lighting and shooting distance to ensure uniformity and comparability.

In this visual reader, the photography of Chow and Lin is enriched by texts that shed light on issues around the poverty line as a global phenomenon. The authors relate to the challenges of our society and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development whose first of seventeen goals is to end poverty in all its forms.

The Poverty Line
Chow and Lin
With contributions by
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Andrea Brandolini, Lucas Chancel, John Micklewright
22 × 29 cm, 8 ¾ × 11 ½ in
432 pages, 368 illustrations
paperback, 2021, English
45,00 €

Published by Lars Müller Publisher


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