From 1977 to 1985, photographer Jim Goldberg worked with both impoverished and affluent residents of California’s San Francisco Bay area to realize the series Rich and Poor. His powerful portraits, inscribed with revealing self-observations by the people he photographed, captured the social and economic divide increasingly prevalent in the United States.
Exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1984, and published to acclaim the following year, Rich and Poor established Goldberg’s reputation as a transformational figure in the history of documentary photography. One of the most extensive explorations of this body of work ever put on view, the Ryerson Image Centre’s display of Rich and Poor includes most of the original MoMA show as well as additional prints, original interview recordings, and other archival materials. This seminal project is shown alongside Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography, exemplifying the challenges and revelations inherent in creative interaction between photographer and subject.