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February 14, 2009

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Martha

Amazing.

This reminds me very much of photojournalist Peter Menzel's series entitled Material World. He traveled around the world and photographed families in front of their homes with all of their material possessions. Some striking differences, as you can imagine.

NO NAME FOR YOU! (name nazi)

I'll just copy and paste a photo of a bag of Doritos and a bottle of Dr. Pepper.

Does that count?

Ashley

How about a week of food for a poor college student?

harpdevil

At least there's lots of fruits and vegetables there to offset the bajillion liters of coke. And fish on the wall.
...fish on the wall?

rbootsie310

what the hell is this post doing on CWC?

Sarah aka KB

Well I would... but then I'd be forced to confront the thousand kilograms of chocolate and cookies I eat each week... That family looks horribly healthy.

leslie

pretty sad to see all the junk food the americans eat. it's an embarrasment to my people.

Katie

Pull up the picture of the American famly and the family from Chad side by side it's heartbreaking.

Ken

Is this a side project for something that you are working on? Are you looking specifically for families or can singles participate?

kayce.

i am not a family, just one person, but i'd do it... though, i warn you, my spread will look a lot more like the family from chad's than the casales fam's.

kayce.

PS: i still can't believe that the casales fam REALLY drinks that much coke... i don't WANT to believe it anyway. 12 2-liters in a week?!? that is effing absurd.

Christine

I'd rather not, I like living in my fantasy world where I believe I eat properly.apparently these people can afford to eat healthy food. I paid over 8 bucks for a head of cauliflower a couple of weeks ago. Where's my cheap cheeseburger?

Karen

I know at least one of those photos (the refugee camp family in front of their tent) appears in the book "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats," because it made such an impression on me when I first got it.

You can look inside the book at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Planet-What-World-Eats/dp/1580088694/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234724156&sr=1-1

Allison

Someone emailed me something similar to these photos a few years back with the cost of each family's week of food, from highest to lowest. It's interesting to see what people eat the most of - did you see that bag of rice that the Namgay family has?!? I too, am surprised at the amount of produce these people can afford to eat- they must not buy their shit at Whole Foods... :)

Gwendolyn Aker

Weird, we've got all the photos from this article(?) posted on one of the bulletin boards in my college. They've been there for atleast 2 years.

Sarah

Gwendolyn, which article? I'm trying to locate the original source.

Martha

Hmmm...

I was also looking for the source after telling some friends about these photos tonight, and I found that Peter Menzel (the photojournalist who did the photos of people around the world with all their material possessions, which I talked about above) also did a book in which he photographed families around the world with the food they typically consume in a week.

That book is called What the World Eats (there's another edition called Hungry Planet: What the World Eats).

You can view some of Menzel's photos here (or search on Amazon for the books):

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1645016_1408103,00.html

They are strikingly similar to Joao Batista's photos, which doesn't make Batista's project (or Menzel's) any less impressive. But since I've had a hard time tracking down information about Batista, maybe people who think they've seen his photos before are confusing it with the Menzel book.

I know what you're thinking, and yes I am a nerd.

Martha

My last post on this. Batista's photos ARE Menzel's photos.

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_1373664,00.html

Maybe he posted Menzel's photos to his Facebook, thus creating the confusion.

Rosie

Yep these photo's are from 'Hungry Planet'. I took a Geography class last semester and that book was required. Looking through the photos and the book (I still have it) they're the same. It's good though that more people are hearing about this.

Rosie

Yep these photo's are from 'Hungry Planet'. I took a Geography class last semester and that book was required. Looking through the photos and the book (I still have it) they're the same. It's good though that more people are hearing about this.

Rosie

Yep these photo's are from 'Hungry Planet'. I took a Geography class last semester and that book was required. Looking through the photos and the book (I still have it) they're the same. It's good though that more people are hearing about this.

homagetogorto

Bananas are trying to take over the world.

KT in MS

try this
www.menzelphoto.com

Lots of great books about the people in our world and how they chose to live.
By the way, if you don't have good drinking water in your country, you have coke (bottled water is really tap water, so that's not any better for you).
And, some people grow their own vegetables. In many warmer countries, fruits are available for free on trees.

Ash

So far this week I have consumed 6 cans of soda, 4 bottles of water, a bag of chips, 3 hot pockets, a bag of skittles, and three slices of pizza.


Should I send pics?

Fuzzbutt

Mine varies hormonally from lots of yogurt and soy and healthy shit to anything cheesy or chocolatey...so I'd have weeks where I looked like I was uberhealthy and other weeks where you'd wonder why I'm not 300lbs.

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