Initially, Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin were interested in investigating how history’s most notorious dictators ate and used food deprivation as a weapon to punish insubordinates.
But soon after starting the project, the photographers realized hunger -- and the vast pain it causes -- is still very much a pervasive issue worldwide.
That’s when the pair switched gears and decided to also juxtapose the decadent meals eaten by the rich across the globe with the stark fare struggling individuals consume. The food on the tablecloth represents the meals of the privileged and the meager grub on the bare table represents a diet of the poor.
"We want people to literally and figuratively sit down and look across a table to see the glaring disparities between the 'haves and have nots,'" Hargreaves told The Huffington Post in an email.
The series, Power Hungry, is currently on display at Air Circulation in Brooklyn, New York. Below is a sampling of their work: