My photo of cake sellers at the Bai Bazaar in Dashoguz, Turkmenistan, is one of the 100 iconic images appearing in a new photographic book from Oneworld Publications. The Other Hundred: 100 Faces, Places, Stories introduces a series of everyday people attempting to live the good life despite a lack of disposable wealth. The Other Hundred is the antithesis of the Forbes 100 list of the world’s richest people. With eighty percent of the inhabitants of earth living on less than $10 a day, the people we meet in this book are more far representative of humanity than the rich and famous adored by Forbes. Yet this is not a book about poverty. As Chandran Nair says in the Foreword, “being poor is a bad thing; everyone should have enough to satisfy their fundamental needs.”
The Other Hundred is not-for-profit project of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, a Hong Kong-based think tank engaged in executive education from an Asian worldview. This endowed the book with a fresh outlook distinct from the media correctness of London and New York. The faces you see in The Other Hundred are unlikely to appear on networks like the BBC or CNN or to grace the pages of Time or Der Spiegel unless they happen to be involved in some disaster or other. In contrast, this book celebrates their lives as they are.