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The Material World: A Global Family Portrait

January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021

A Family Portrait by American photojournalist Peter Menzel

A continuing exhibition in the Selma & J.B. Marks Gallery

The Material World: A Global Family Portrait exhibition is the result of American photojournalist Peter Menzel’s project to help viewers grasp a sense of cross-culture realities and to celebrate our common humanity. Sixteen of the world’s foremost photographers traveled around the world, visiting thirty different countries to live for a week with families that are statistically average for that nation. At the end of each visit, the photographer and subjects collaborated on the Big Picture, a remarkable portrait of the family outside of their home, surrounded by all of their possessions. This exhibition is an attempt to capture through photos and statistics, both the common humanity of the peoples inhabiting our Earth and the great differences in material goods and circumstances that make rich and poor societies.


January 1, 2021
December 31, 2021
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