Visualising the Poverty Line

By Jeffrey Hardy Quah

March 2012 FEATURE
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What does it mean to be poor, really?That was the question photographer Stefen Chow asked when he started The Poverty Line. The undertaking is unusual for a photography project, because Chow isn’t looking for answers through moving portraits or barren landscapes. Instead he’s relying on cold, hard numbers. The Poverty Line strips away emotion in favour of a bare-bone analysis, distilling poverty to an issue of choice: What foods can the world’s poor afford to live on, day to day?Together...

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Jeffrey Hardy Quah

is a freelance writer and editor.