Tong, aged twenty-nine, poses for her wedding pictures at Princess Studio, a wedding photo studio in Shanghai, China. Guillaume Herbaut — INSTITUTE.

The 1% in Photos: The Lives of the World’s Wealthiest People

Myles Little recognized his own privilege during the morning commute to his magazine job in NYC. His project “1%: Privilege in a Time of Global Inequality” uses the work of many photographers to examine extreme wealth. Little believes this to be the most important social issue of our time; as the fissure continues to widen, the essential oneness of mankind becomes less and less plausible.

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Feb 1, 2016 · 13 min read

Conclusions about the images’ subjects are inevitable, but not quite decided: Little takes pains to mention that today’s super wealthy are more meritocratic and self-made than ever before. For Polarr, Emily von Hoffmann spoke with Myles back in August, before he traveled for the exhibition of the images. The finished photobook is now available.


Scrapper, Packard Motor Car Company Plant, Detroit, U.S. Andrew Moore. courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery.
Varvara in Her Home Cinema, Moscow. Anna Skladmann. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Cole Haan, Chicago, IL. Brian Ulrich. Courtesy of Miles Little.
Cheshire, OH. Daniel Shea. Courtesy of Myles Little.
A street preacher in New York appeals to Wall Street to repent. Christopher Anderson — Magnum Photos.
Untitled #IV, Mine Security, North Mara Gold Mine, Tanzania. David Chancellor — kiosk.
Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo, Monaco. David Leventi. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Chrysler 300. Floto+Warner. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Maids prepare a room for a guest in a wealthy Kenyan household. Guillaume Bonn — INSTITUTE.
A chef from a nearby luxury lodge waits for his guests to arrive from a hot air balloon excursion before serving them champagne in the middle of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Guillaume Bonn — INSTITUTE.
Givenchy, from the series Haute Couture Fitting Rooms, Paris. Jacqueline Hassink. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Hollywood, California. Jesse Chehak. Courtesy of Myles Little.
The High Line: Above 34th Street Eastward. Jesse Chehak. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Refugees arriving on Kos, Greece. Jörg Brüggemann — OSTKREUZ.
LaGuardia Landing Pattern Over Brooklyn. Kevin Cooley. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Bridge Over the Delaware River, Trenton, New Jersey. Laura McPhee & Virginia Beahan. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Rivoli Theater, Berkeley, CA, 2013.Opened as a movie theater and performance space in 1925, closed in the nineteen-fifties.Subsequently used by various supermarkets.Marchand Meffre. Courtesy of Myles Little.
A twenty-five-year-old British man in London undergoes surgery to reduce the size of his nose. Zed Nelson. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Wall around a private home. Cape Town, South Africa. Zed Nelson. Courtesy of Myles Little.
“Roma Hills” Guard-Gated Homes Looking East; 3,000–8,000 sq feet, Henderson, NV. Michael Light. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Looking East Over Unbuilt “Ascaya” Lots, Black Mountain Beyond, Henderson, NV. Michael Light. Courtesy of Myles Little.
Transparent City 75. Michael Wolf. Courtesy of Myles Little.
A man floats in the fifty-seventh-floor swimming pool of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, with the skyline of the Singapore financial district behind him. Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti — INSTITUTE.
BMW, Ponte City, Johannesburg. Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, courtesy of Goodman Gallery.
Residents, Vaalkoppies (Beaufort West Rubbish Dump). Mikhael Subotzky, courtesy of Goodman Gallery.
New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana II. Mitch Epstein. © Black River Productions, Ltd. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Desert Spirit — Sold, 2007–2010. Philippe Chancel © the artist and Melanie Rio Gallery.
Christian Pauli opens a high-security vault at the Singapore Freeport. One of the most secure places on earth, the Freeport has biometric recognition, more than 200 cameras, vibration detection technology, nitrogen fire extinguishers, and seven-ton doors. Pauli is the general manager of the arts handling company that sets up vaults around the world. Paolo Woods and Gabriele Galimberti — INSTITUTE.

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