At a time when blank spots have by and large disappeared from maps, “wilderness” has returned in art. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt has dedicated an extensive theme-based exhibition to this recurring fascination.


Rich Pickings

Displaying Wealth

“No one, as far as I know, has ever photographed the social phenomenon of wealth”, opined the photographer Dorothea Lange in 1964. Although wealth is a much less common theme in photography than poverty, the interest evinced in the former precisely by contemporary, socially critical photographers has been growing since the 1980’s.  
This catalogue offers an insight into the subject for the first time, and  includes photos from popular media in addition to artistic and social documentary work. The Internet and television are used by the young and wealthy as a means of  self-promotion. Day in and day out, both media present us with the regalia of a new, ultra-wealthy social class.

Artists (among others):
Slim Aarons, Lamia Maria Abillama, Tina Barney, Bill Brandt, Giacomo Bianchetti, Jim Dow, Francesco Giusti, Jim Goldberg, Lauren Greenfield, Thomas Höpker, Christian Jankowski, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Louise Lawler, Robert Lebeck, Gabriel Mascaro, Lisette Model, Martin Parr, Emil Puls, Regina Relang, Julika Rudelius, Hermann Rückwardt, Max Scheler, Julius Shulman, Anna Skladmann, Otto Snoek, Edward Steichen, Juergen Teller, Jakob Tuggener, Sébastien Valiela, Muntu Vilakazi, Weegee, Paolo Woods


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"Rich Pickings"

October 2014

ISBN 978-3-7356-0037-0

22,00 x 33,00 cm

200 Pages

72 colored and 38 b/w illustrations

Broschur, bound

Languages: German


Esther Ruelfs and Sabine Schulze
Thomas Hecken, Christoph Ribbat, Esther Ruelfs, Monica Titton and Ernst-Ulrich Huster

graphic design
very, Frankfurt

Exhibition: „Fette Beute. Reichtum zeigen“, 17.10.2014 - 11.1.2015, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg