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The reins of power today are in the hands of large companies, or more precisely their CEOs and executive boards, men and women who determine the fate of the economy, yet are virtually unknown to the public at large.

‘The gilt-wood background in this series alludes to the pictorial tradition represented by painters like Rembrandt or Velasquez, who immortalised the great men of their time. I slipped my own self-portrait in among them as a way of bringing these powerful leaders back down to their human dimension.’

Sacha Schwarz.