Chow’s ongoing series Big
Cities Small Things provides a fascinating glimpse at the ordinary
places that made the local news after a fire, a freak accident, or a brazen
Chow discovered that the kind of news
people like to read varies from place to place. In US cities like Los Angeles
and New York, stories tend to be violent and sprinkled with gruesome details. Japan has taste for bizarre stories, like the discovery in a Tokyo train
station of a suitcase containing a woman’s body.
How much food could you buy per day if you were living at the poverty line? In the U.S., that might equal one live lobster, two whole pomegranates or 39 Oreos. In Thailand, three fried fish. And in Brazil, you could have just part of watermelon.
Photographer Stefen Chow and economist Lin Hui-Yi ask us to confront these food choices in their ongoing project The Poverty Line. They visually represent hypothetical food options for someone in poverty with the concept of “One Frame. One Day. One Person.”