The financial crisis: in pictures


Marcus Bleasdale / VII - Brokers are seen in the office in London, United Kingdom on Sept. 10, 2008.

Marcus Bleasdale / VII - Brokers are seen in the office in London, United Kingdom on Sept. 10, 2008.

You’ve probably already seen Sad Guys on Trading Floors, but there’s a lot more visual culture to be had with the 2008 financial crisis. I thought I’d waited too long to post this, but with new news about diving markets, now’s the time. Foreign Policy magazine’s excellent Passport blog asks photographers to please leave this woman alone (another sighting) and PDNPulse notices a trader who seems to be posing for the cameras. Der Spiegel has interviewed a few photographers about the difficulty of finding new photos of the financial crisis day after day. The magazine also has a gallery of what they think is the best and worst of bad economy visuals. Magnum’s Christopher Anderson and VII’s Antonin Kratochvil and Marcus Bleasdale have also recently produced work on the subject. Michael David Murphy’s 2point8 clued me into some work on the subject by Hin Chua, too. It’s surprisingly difficult to find solid documentary work on banking and wealth. I do think, however, that Martin Parr is right in thinking that “Wealth to me is as much to me the front line as poverty traditionally was,” as he said in an interview with PDN in July 2008. And over the past year, Redux has published a few tearsheets of portraits of investors on their blog.

What other work is out there of wealth, banking, and the stock markets?

(p.s. There’s been some great radio about the recent financial crisis. From This American Life: The Giant Pool of Money, the second half of Enforcers, and Another Frightening Show About the Economy. From Freshair: Our Confusing Economy, Explained, Was Adult Supervision Needed on Wall Street?, and a recent episode featuring an interview with new Nobel laureate and NYT columnist Paul Krugman. There’s also the daily Planet Money podcast, which is made by the producers of a couple of those This American Life pieces linked above.)


  1. Matt Lutton says:

    my god! that is a week’s worth of links!!

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