From 1977 to 1985, Goldberg photographed the wealthy and destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document that has since become a landmark work. 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, and was published the following year by Random House.

Out of print since 1985, Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor has been completely re-designed and expanded by the artist for Steidl. Available for the first time in hardcover, Rich and Poor builds upon the classic combination of photographs and handwriting and adds a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs in Rich and Poor constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America during the 70’s and 80’s that remains just as relevant today.


The Guardian
America´s great social divide

Veering Away from ‘American Exceptionalism’ in Jim Goldberg’s ‘Rich and Poor’

Fraction Magazine
Rich and Poor

Still Rich and Poor

Looking at ‘Rich and Poor,’ 37 Years Later

Rich and Poor

The New York Times
This Is What Wealthy Looked Like

222 pages

Hardback / Clothbound
21.6 x 27.4 cm


ISBN 978-3-86930-688-9
1. Edition 06/2014

Out of print

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