Beautiful but troubling photographs of the wealthiest one percent on our planet

A street preacher in New York appeals to Wall Street to repent | © Chris Anderson

To be able to simply drift in the infinity pool on the roof terrace of the fifty-seven-floor Marina Bay Sands Hotel, while in the background you can enjoy the urban soundscape of Singapore’s imposing sea of high-rises.

Or to be personally welcomed to a private champagne party after an extended hot-air balloon ride over the Kenyan wilderness. The extravagant pleasures of the wealthiest one percent of the earth’s population represent an extreme contrast to those of the remaining ninety-nine.

Describing the gaping disparities in images is a challenge that has been taken up by Nina Berman, Peter Bialobrzeski, Guillaume Bonn, Mikhael Subotzky, and many others photographers. In the photo-book, 0,01, Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality, a collection of their works is presented for the purpose of lending visual evidence to the blatant discrepancy between people’s living conditions, which can be as fascinating as it is shocking.

A street preacher in New York appeals to Wall Street to repent | © Chris Anderson

Varvara in Her Home Cinema, Moscow | © Anna Skladmann

Varvara in Her Home Cinema, Moscow | © Anna Skladmann

Chishire, Ohio | © Daniel Shea

Chishire, Ohio | © Daniel Shea

Untiteld #IV Mine Security, North Mara Gold Mine, Tanzania | © David Chancellor

Untiteld #IV Mine Security, North Mara Gold Mine, Tanzania | © David Chancellor

Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monoco | © David Leventi

Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monoco | © David Leventi

Shanghai Falling (Fuxing Lu Demolition) | © Greg Girard

Shanghai Falling (Fuxing Lu Demolition) | © Greg Girard