Stefen Chow, a Malaysian photographer with an unique eye and effervescent personality.  Stefen and his team  travelled around the world to explore the Poverty Line through visual media. Today, they have explored the economics of the poverty line in 15 countries across 5 continents.

The project titled “The Poverty Line,”, which explores a simple question.

What does it mean to be poor?

In most cases, the everyday items depicted are foodstuffs. The decision to present food stems from famed American professor Abraham Maslow’s A Theory of Human Motivation, which places food at the base of the hierarchy of fundamental human needs.

Stefan and economist Lin Hui-Yi set out to visualize what poverty looks like by highlighting how much food people living at the poverty line in various countries can afford to buy. Speaking about the project Stefan says, “We are not trying to compare different countries’ poverty, but rather to have a starting point to understand poverty within a country’s context. One frame. One person. One day. Everything else is left up to interpretation.”

Find out more about the project here.

Source: Feeding HK, Caochangdi PhotoSpring