RICH AND POOR
Random House, New York, 1985. Softcover, unpaginated. From 1977 to 1985, Jim Goldberg photographed the wealthy and destitute of San Francisco, a fascinating examination of the lives of America’s various social classes, creating a visual document that has since become a landmark work. Goldberg’s portraits of people taken where they live accompanied by their own handwritten comments. An important photo book featured in Roth 101. 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. 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.