A quarter of a century later Greenfield has amassed 500,000 images of the often absurd lives of the wealthy.
The highlights – including a picture of go-go dancers hired for a 13-year-old’s bar mitzvah – are published by Phaidon in a £60 2.5kg tome called Generation Wealth.
An accompanying behind-the-scenes documentary film is released in the UK next week.
Greenfield introduces us to characters all motivated by the accumulation of wealth.
‘No matter how much people had – they still wanted more’ Greenfield says of her subjects.
We meet Florian Homm – a hedge fund manager living in self-imposed exile in Germany to avoid extradition to the US where he has been sentenced to 225 years in jail.
Smoking cigars and dripping in gold – Homm, who became known as ‘the antichrist of finance’ for ripping off his investors for hundreds of millions of dollars – tells Greenfield that morality changed in the 80s.
‘The value system changed completely.
It wasn’t about who you are – but about what you are worth…
Morals are completely non-productive in that value system’.