Nye spent five years traveling around the United States "documenting the faces and voices of hunger." His subjects are almost surprisingly diverse -- from a Khmer Rouge escapee to a survivor of incest who stopped eating to a homeless artist who couldn't work after an accident.
"Once you start listening, you find that it's really about ourselves," Nye says. "That it's not about those people, but it's about humanity."
To most of us, hunger is a tiny inconvenience that can be easily and unthinkingly satisfied with a quick trip to the kitchen, vending machine or, perhaps, a restaurant. But for too many people in the developing world and even in the world's richest country where unemployment today stands at nearly 10 percent, hunger is an all-consuming, voracious reality that haunts and threatens their very survival. More heartbreaking, a large number of the world's helplessly hungry are children.
"How do you explain to a 2-year-old or 4-year-old there's nothing to eat?" says Kathy, a homeless mother, in her recording at the exhibition.
"All they know is that they're hungry. And the pain in their stomach. And you try to sit there and say, 'Honey, I'm sorry. I don't have anything to cook you. I don't have nothing to give you. I have nothing.'"
A government report last year said more than a million children regularly go to bed hungry in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that half of all children's deaths in the developing world are due to malnutrition.