GOLDBERG Jim Rich and Poor (1985)

Between 1977 and 1985, photographer Jim Goldberg portrayed some of the wealthiest and the most impoverished people in the city of San Francisco. He shot the pictures in the intimacy of their homes and then asked those portrayed to comment on what they saw. 

Among the subjects’ responses, they vary from hopeful, apathetic, humorous, despairing, or over-confident. They are raw and they are sincere. The book that compiles them all, with the unambiguous title “Rich and Poor”, is a harrowing portrait of the social division of the America of the late seventies and early eighties, one that is particularly poignant when compared to the situation of inequality prevailing nowadays, particularly in cities like San Francisco.