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Rich and Poor

A shocking examination of the social divide in 1970s and 80s America in Jim Goldberg's now trademark style

Jim Goldberg

Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "It's kind of stinky living in this hotel. I don't have nothing only $10. I keep waiting for someone to come in my door and give me money but nobody ever will." San Francisco, USA. 1984. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "I love David. But he is to fragile for a rough father like me." San Francisco, USA. 1979. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "I keep thinking where we went wrong. We have no one to talk to now, however, I will not allow this loneliness to destroy me - I STILL HAVE MY DREAMS. I would like an elegant home, a loving husband (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "My dream was to become a skool teacher. Mrs. Stone is rich. I have talents but not opportunity. I am used to standing behind Mrs. Stone. I have been a servant for 40 years." San Francisco, USA. 1 (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor “My wife is acceptable. Our relationship is satisfactory.”…”Edgar looks splendid here. His power and strength of character come through. He is a very private person who is not demonstrative of his (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "My life is personal, but I will tell you one thing I'm too fat." San Francisco, USA. 1977. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "Manny loves me - but I am too strong to love him."..."This photo makes me want to cry." San Francisco, USA. 1982. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "I wish that Stanley and I could like each other when we are together - But we don't." San Francisco, USA. 1979. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "I think I am a good person. My mom is nice. I hate the doll." San Francisco, USA. 1979. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "What I really want is a real home with nice furniture, also a van to drive. I would also like to give my son what I didn't get in life. Which includes love." San Francisco, USA. 1979. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "We look like ordinary people! We have a terrible life." San Francisco, USA. 1983. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "I like to be attractive and distant. I love the games, intrigue and mystery of being a woman. Honesty can be boring. True femininity is a great deal of power." San Francisco, USA. 1981. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor " I enjoy the privileges of affluence - a large house, a servant, exotic food. I dislike many of my upper class obligations - correct appearances, prescribed behavior, impoverished ideas. For bette (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "To my discomfort, I am often considered a grand dame. I know how to behave in most cirumstances whether with inferiors or superiors, without attracting attention. I was properly brought up. To the (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "We look like weatherbeaten survivors. We try to understand each other. We can't always. When we are young we think people will change, but they will become only what they are. Now, we are at the e (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "Arthur looks bored. I look like I am a prop. Arthur is a very sensitive man who gives me a lot of freedom.""We have a great lifestyle. We love private airplanes, fancy yachts, cars + vacations. (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "Very good! I think we fit in beautifully in the environment. The life we live comes naturally to us. We are aristocratic, well-bred: a cultured and civilized couple. I have never had to work a day (...)
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "We haven't done anything to promote it, but she seems to think she is Shirley Temple. She is so sophisticated. I wonder what she may become." San Francisco, USA. 1983. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos
Jim Goldberg | Rich and Poor "I feel comfortable. I get new toys often. I get to go to France. Some people cant even speak French. Am I lucky!" San Francisco, USA. 1983. © Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos

The photographs in this book constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of contemporary America.

Jim Goldberg’s photographs of rich and poor people, with the subjects’ own handwritten comments about themselves on the prints, give an inside look at the American Dream from both ends of the social scale. His pictures reveal his subjects’ innermost fears and aspirations, their perceptions and illusions about themselves, with a frankness that makes the portraits as engrossing as they are disturbing.