GENERATION WEALTH by Lauren Greenfield

© Lauren Greenfield - Jackie and friends with Versace handbags at a private opening at the Versace store, Beverly Hills, California, 2007.

Lauren Greenfield is an award–winning documentary filmmaker and photographer who is considered a preeminent chronicler of consumerism, youth culture, and gender identity.

“Generation Wealth” is a museum exhibition, a photographic monograph, and a feature documentary film. Lauren Greenfield has been working on it since 2008. The exhibition features over 200 photographs, numerous first-person interviews, and documentary film footage, weaving together stories about affluence, beauty, body image, competition, corruption, fantasy, and excess, questioning the distance between value and commodity in a globalized consumerist culture.

Greenfield’s lushly coloured photographs are alternately shocking, humorous, touchingly vulnerable, sometimes even unnervingly grotesque. They unveil shallowness, ‘soullessness’ but also a certain sadness. 

“GENERATION WEALTH documents a seismic shift in values and in the meaning of the American Dream— examining the ‘influence of affluence’ as media and globalization exported our notions of success around the world. This is about the desire for wealth and how that has become a driving force—and at the same time an increasingly unrealistic goal—for individuals from all classes of society.” Lauren Greenfield


Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield.

The International Center of Photography (ICP)
250 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, USA

Through January 7, 2018.
Daily  10 – 18h, Thursday 10 – 20 h, Mondays closed