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To Have and Have Not
In America, unlike for instance in Europe, charity is largely an individual affair, and not institutionalized. During the economic heyday of the dot.com boom, in a city like New York there were almost non-stop banquets and parties for good causes. Although they were supposed to be about the homeless and poor, they primarily offered the givers a chance to be seen, to eat, to drink, to make contacts and enjoy themselves. It makes charity – such evenings still exist in the shrinking economy – into an ambiguous activity. Who are these evenings really for?
Mark Peterson (United States, 1955) has published in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, Geo Magazin, and other periodicals. He received a Eugene Smith grant for his work with revolving-door alcoholics, and has shown his work in many museums and galleries, including the Louvre in Paris. He published the book Acts of Charity in 2004, and lives and works in New York.