Hedge by Nina Berman

Posted by Chavonnes Battery on Tue November 22, 2016 in Photo Exhibitions.

"Nina Berman's Hedge series offers glimpses into the cold world of Wall Street's fund managers. While we may think we understand wealth through television and tabloids, what we see represents only a drop in the bucket."

"In 2014, the highest paid Athlete in the world, Floyd Mayweather, made $105 million. In the same year, the highest paid Hedge Fund Manager in the world, Kenneth Griffin, made $1.3 billion. And yet Mayweather is world famous, while for most people Griffin doesn’t register at all. And while we may think we understand inequality, in fact we don’t at all." 

"Harvard Business School asked Americans how much they think major CEO's earn relative to ordinary workers. The median respondent thought the ratio was perhaps 30 to 1. The reality? It's over to 350 to 1." Myles Little (Curator 1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality)

According to Bloomberg:The Best and Worst Countries to Be a Rich CEO  "If your life’s goal is to be a highly paid chief executive officer, the U.S. is the place. But if your dream is just to be richer than society, South Africa and India are great bets too." South African CEO's are among some of the best paid in the world, and earn over 500 times more than the average South African. 

Photographer Bio: (b. 1960, US) Berman is a member of NOOR (a collective uniting a select group of highly accomplished photojournalists and documentary storytellers focusing on contemporary global issues), an associate professor at Columbia University, and author of Purple Hearts: Back from Iraq and Homeland. Her photographs and videos have been exhibited at more than 100 venues, including the 2010 Whitney Museum Biennial. She has received awards from the Open Society Foundations, New York Foundation for the Arts, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, and Hasselblad. Her photographic series, Marine Wedding, exhibited at the Whitney Biennial 2010, is considered an iconic work on the Iraq war.

The photograph above is one of the forty thought provoking images on show by thirty three of the world's leading photographers.

1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality
Chavonnes Battery Museum Clock Tower, V&A
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