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Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth


A highly anticipated monograph from the internationally acclaimed documentary photographer and filmmaker


Lauren Greenfield, with a foreword by Juliet Schor


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Price: USD$75.00

Exhibition
GENERATION WEALTH
BY LAUREN GREENFIELD
ICP Museum
250 Bowery
New York NY 10012
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A highly anticipated monograph from the internationally acclaimed documentary photographer and filmmaker

Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth is both a retrospective and an investigation into the subject of wealth over the last twenty-five years. Greenfield has traveled the world - from Los Angeles to Moscow, Dubai to China - bearing witness to the global boom-and-bust economy and documenting its complicated consequences. Provoking serious reflection, this book is not about the rich, but about the desire to be wealthy, at any cost.

To find out more about Lauren Greenfield, her current exhibition and upcoming film, go to: Generation Wealth.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 305 x 229 mm (12 x 9 in)
Pages: 504 pp
Illustrations: 625 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714872124

Lauren Greenfield is an Emmy-award-winning photographer and filmmaker. A preeminent chronicler of youth culture, gender, and consumerism, her documentary The Queen of Versailles won the Best Documentary Director Award at Sundance in 2012. Her photographs have been widely published, exhibited - and collected - and her Super Bowl commercial, Like a Girl, went viral and swept the advertising awards of 2015.

Juliet Schor is an author, economist, cultural critic, and professor of sociology at Boston College. Her research focuses on the economics of work, spending, the environment, and consumer culture.

Trudy Wilner Stack was Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at the Center for Creative Photography, the University of Arizona for over a decade, after holding positions at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the International Center of Photography, and the Birmingham Museum of Art. She has curated dozens of exhibitions of contemporary and historical photography around the world, and is a frequent contributing author and lecturer.

"From Bel Air to Beijing, Lauren Greenfield has an unparalleled gift for capturing modern wealth in all its baroque permutations. Her images are viscerally intimate-sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, and always unforgettable. Generation Wealth is that rare masterpiece that will keep you engrossed from cover to cover and lingering on the memory of its images long after you've put it down." —Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

"Generation Wealth is a comprehensive study of excess and evolution. Revolting and revelatory, sobering and stunning. Lauren Greenfield is the Doris Kearns Goodwin of the visual medium." —Jamie Lee Curtis

"Lauren Greenfield's photographs range from hilarious to terrifying, sometimes in the same image. The images are unjudgemental – dystopian shock and awe somewhere at the end of Empire – and yet moving: she makes it personal. It could have been me." —Brian Eno

"Greenfield is a prodigious talent, and this book is a masterpiece. If I had the privilege of putting together the time capsule left underground for future generations, I am certain that Generation Wealth would be in the box." —Juliet Schor

"Generation Wealth takes us down the yellow brick road where we are able to see who we, as a collective, are becoming. Like Studs Terkel with a camera, Greenfield's lens allows us to watch the transmogrification of the American Dream of success through hard work, modesty and discipline turn into a nightmare of conspicuous wealth, excess and addiction... Whether the photographs are humorous, heart-wrenching or both we never feel judgement, just observation and that observation gives us room to know we are all complicit in varying degrees." —Jennifer Beals

"If Mark Twain said that the lack of money is the root of all evil, what is the presence of money? An excess, overabundance, surfeit of money? Money leaking out of every pore? Grotesque, effulgent amounts of money? When I think of money, I think of the possibility of being left alone with my own thoughts and dwindling abilities to concentrate on something. I don't necessarily think of throne rooms, peacock feathers, gilded Corinthian columns, barstools covered with whale scrota. Lauren Greenfield's Queen of Versailles taught me a simple principle: Never allow yourself to be photographed on your throne (even though I don't think there's much danger of that, for me). Her new magnum opus, Generation Wealth, takes us into a new Dantesque version of hell. Not the devil frozen in his own tears. But perhaps something worse. A wilderness of bad taste. If nothing exceeds like excess, here we have a set of powerful examples. It's as if we suddenly realized that Donald Trump is the decorator of the world."—Errol Morris

"A staggering indictment of materialism." —Smithsonian

"With a golden cover and 650-odd images inside, [Generation Wealth] is a sociological record of the extreme measures taken to acquire and spend money, what Greenfield calls "the influence of affluence." —The New York Times

"A master class in dramatic irony."—ARTFORUM

"Captivating... Filled with Greenfield's brightly lit colour images exploring conspicuous consumption around the world... Greenfield highlights these gaudy excesses and shows how they influence the aspirations of less wealthy people to emulate them... The photographs are complemented with first-hand accounts from the people in the images... Greenfield has clearly gained the confidence of the people she is photographing, but has a knack for capturing the key details and tell-tale expressions that reveal much more than the subjects realise. Disturbing and occasionally stomach churning, Generation Wealth is a powerful and timely critique of values and attitudes held by many people today."—The RPS (Royal Photographic Society)

"Captivating... [Generation Wealth] is about wealth and its corruptive powers... Its images lay bare the lengths to which humans will go to appear stinking rich. And, as Generation Wealth proves, riches really can stink."—ShortList

"Extraordinary encounters in a boom-and-bust world."—Delayed Gratification

"A great name for an even better book... With sumptuous images of sleek, beautifully designed houses… this book will inspire any reader to cut the clutter and bid adieu to the bling."—Hong Kong Tatler

"A staggering indictment of materialism." —Smithsonian

"With a golden cover and 650-odd images inside, [Generation Wealth] is a sociological record of the extreme measures taken to acquire and spend money, what Greenfield calls "the influence of affluence." —The New York Times

"Lauren Greenfield's photographs range from hilarious to terrifying, sometimes in the same image. The images are unjudgemental - dystopian shock and awe somewhere at the end of Empire - and yet moving: she makes it personal. It could have been me." —Brian Eno

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