Jackie Siegel and friends with Versace handbags at a private opening at the Versace store, Beverly Hills, 2007. From Generation Wealth. All photographs by Lauren Greenfield. © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE
Jackie Siegel and friends with Versace handbags at a private opening at the Versace store, Beverly Hills, 2007. From Generation Wealth. All photographs by Lauren Greenfield. © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE

We just won a Lucie Award for Generation Wealth!

Phaidon bagged Book Publisher of the Year thanks to Lauren Greenfield’s brilliant examination of modern money

Lauren Greenfield’s book Generation Wealth captures a certain, limited side of contemporary ambition and achievement. The photobook, which features images taken by Greenfield over the past quarter century, looks at the widespread wish to become excessively wealthy, at almost any cost. It’s a sharply observed long-form work of photojournalism, and an object lesson in the pitfalls of pecuniary want.

 

Marquee nightclub, Las Vegas, 2012
Marquee nightclub, Las Vegas, 2012

However, both Greenfield and Phaidon reached loftier goals last night, when the Lucie Foundation awarded us Book Publisher of the Year on the strength of Greenfield’s brilliant book. Greenfield was also shortlisted in the International Photographer of the Year Award in the book category.

 

Debutantes with partners from the Bolshoi Ballet at the Tatler ball, held at the Palace of Unions, Moscow, 2014
Debutantes with partners from the Bolshoi Ballet at the Tatler ball, held at the Palace of Unions, Moscow, 2014

 

The Lucie Foundation draws together key figures within the international photography community to pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements at a gala awards ceremony held annually at Carnegie Hall in New York.

 

Limo Bob in his office, Chicago, 2008
Limo Bob in his office, Chicago, 2008

Previous recipients of Lucie awards include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Annie Leibovitz and Magnum Photos. So, it’s nice to see we’re in good company, and that, unlike some of the subjects in Lauren’s book, you don’t need to draw up in a gold stretch to know you’ve truly arrived.

 

Generation Wealth
Generation Wealth
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To find out more about this award-winning book, and buy a copy of your own, go here.