The Other Hundred Photobook Project
30 April, 2013
A new initiative aimed at providing a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists has been underway since early January in the form of a global open-call for photos of The Other Hundred, those who are not rich but deserve to be celebrated. The open call for submissions drew to a close on April 7, 2013.
Supported by sponsors including the East West Cultural Development Centre, MasterCard, TC Capital and Quam Financial Services Group, and with the International Herald Tribune as the project’s official media partner, The Other Hundred inaugural photo-book open call received over 1,500 submissions and close to 12,000 images from over 150 countries around the world.
The distinguished panel of international judges convened in Hong Kong from 22nd to 23rd April to select the 100 entries that will be published in The Other Hundred hardcover book, scheduled to be released in October this year. The winners will be announced in mid to late May.
A not-for-profit project, the idea for The Other Hundred was conceived by Chandran Nair, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow.
“The goal of The Other Hundred is both to inform and to provoke thought,” says Nair. “The implication of many of the rich lists and articles put out by the media is that being rich is the only way to succeed or live a life of meaning. The reality is that the majority of the people in the world are not rich and we wanted to tell their side of the story.”
Nair emphasizes, “We want to capture both the struggles and the successes of The Other Hundred and share with our audience some of the real and complex lives led by the not-rich.”
Providing global perspectives and extensive photography expertise are the project’s world-renowned judges: Ruth Eichhorn, director of photography of the GEO family of magazines, Richard Hsu, a leading member of China’s design community, and award-winning New York-based photographer Stephen Wilkes.
“I am very excited to be part of this project and this is part of a very important conversation,” says Ms. Eichhorn. “How do we strike a balance between the stereotypical extremes portrayed by our media today – between the idea of the happy, carefree poor and the conflation of poverty with disease, despair or anger.”
A press conference and public forum was held on 23rd April for members of the general public and media. The judges addressed questions about the project as well as the content and quality of the submissions received. Winners will be announced in mid to late May.
Check out the latest media coverage by the South China Morning Post and listen to a radio interview on RTHK. Other press mentions can be found on The Other Hundred website. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.