Photographs Show Daily Meals Of The Elite Juxtaposed To The Lower Class Food

Eye-opening on so many levels.

Photographer Henry Hargreaves is already known for telling great stories with the help of edible elements. His latest series titled Power Hungry is just another well executed example of how a food plate can carry a much deeper meaning.

Hargreaves's subtle photographs reflect inequality by juxtaposing the daily menus of rich and poor members of different societies and throughout history.

Below, left side displays the food that was and is eaten by the powerful elite. On the right side photographer showcases the diets of the lower classes.


Ancient Egypt

'Power Hungry' is yet another collaboration between Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin. The couple says the project has greatly evolved since its preliminary idea and revealed a much bigger picture.

"What began as a story about rich versus poor, became a narrative about the way cultures suppress lower classes though lack of access to good and nutritious food," Hargreaves told Vogue.

The project spans throughout time, starting with Ancient Egypt and reaching the present days of North Korea, Syria and America. The setting consists of the same wood plank table, a white tablecloth and a variety of characteristic props and meals.

Pre-Revolutionary France

Roman Empire

Below a shot of the present day North Korea is considered to be one of the most outspoken visual representations of the existing wealth gap in the country.

The left image shows the daily diet of the North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, including a big chunk of his favored Emmental cheese. While the right frame displays a bowl of porridge and a few crackers. 

"More than a quarter of all North Korean children suffer from chronic malnutrition, and the majority of the country's 24 million people don't know where their next meal is coming from," Hargreaves told BuzzFeed.

Present day North Korea

Present day Syria

Hargreaves and Levin told BuzzFeed they want their project to "literally and figuratively" force people to see what "glaring disparities" lie between the "haves and have nots."

"Starvation and suppression are so common, so effective, people have almost become desensitized to it. We wanted to turn the spotlight back on," Hargreaves explained to Vogue. 

Present day USA

To see more of Henry Hargreaves's and Caitlin Levin's work, please visit their website.

(H/T: BuzzFeed ; Vogue)

Check out this another cool project by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin titled 'Band Riders' over here: See What Beyonce, Rihanna And A Bunch Of Other Celebrities Eat Backstage.

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