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Photography Project Provides Counterpoint to the Rich Lists

By Ruth Dunn on April 25th 2013

A new photography project is exploring a counterpoint to media rich lists such as the ‘Forbes 100’ by focusing on those who are not rich but who still deserve to be celebrated. This new initiative, called ‘The Other Hundred’, will gather stories of ordinary people from around the world in a collection of 100 photographs.

The Other Hundred is a not-for-profit project created by Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of the Hong Kong based social venture and Think Tank– Global Institute for Tomorrow.

Nair says:

“The goal of The Other Hundred is both to inform and to provoke thought. The implication of many of the rich lists and articles put out by the media is that being rich is the only way to succeed or live a life of meaning. The reality is that the majority of the people in the world are not rich and we wanted to tell their side of the story.”

Photographer: Denise Yee Nandao, Guizhou province, China. Yang Fuxi, 48, prepares lunch for his wife, whom he has been married to for 20 years. Saving for their children’s education has been one of Yang and his wife’s main goals. The village school Yang attended as a boy, five minutes walk from his home, is now abandoned. Yang’s three children all live and attend school away from home, the eldest two at university, the youngest at boarding school.

Photographer: Denise Yee
Nandao, Guizhou province, China.

The open call for submissions to The Other Hundred closed on April 7 with over 1,500 submissions and 12,000 images. These submissions recently faced a panel of esteemed international judges in Hong Kong and the winners will be announced in mid to late May.

The winning photographs will be published in The Other Hundred book, which is scheduled to be released in October this year. The book’s release will coincide with World Poverty Day, and all proceeds will go to charities.


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Ruth is a Brisbane based journalist specialising in articles about visual art, photography, design and fashion. Co-founder of Raw Ink magazine, she enjoys uncovering interesting and unique events, issues and people to write about.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Good article, thanks for sharing.

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    […] The Other Hundred is a not-for-profit project conceived by Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow, a Hong Kong-based social venture think tank. To read more about The Other Hundred read an earlier article I wrote about the project here. […]

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