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Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life

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Photojournalist Dan Eldon left behind much more than the astonishing illustrated journals that would form The Journey is the Destination when he lost his life at age twenty-two while on assignment in Somalia. He also bequeathed a life story that has inspired students, teachers, artists, and creative activists--as well as a forthcoming film, an apparel line, and the Spring ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Chronicle Books (first published May 18th 2011)
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Alex
Nov 04, 2012 Alex added it
This very beautiful book about Dan Eldon "Safari is a way of life" is written by Jennifer New. It is biography of 180 pages! Dan Eldon was a photojournalist who grew up in Kenya and experienced so many wonderful experiences and had a unique outlook on life. Even though he died at a young age, he inspired so many people and had such a big impact on his family and friends. This book was such a page turner and all the postcards, photographs and letters included really caught my eye. I would ...more
Craig Wiesner
Jan 25, 2013 Craig Wiesner rated it it was amazing
Why This Book Fits into the Reach And Teach Family AND Why We Love This Book:

Amazing young people in our lives chronicle their lives, actually in some ways live their lives, through pencils, pens, paintbrushes, and other tools that allow them to scribble, doodle, draw, and write in ways that are both silly and profound. At first glance at the cover of this book I immediately felt a connection to Dan Eldon, even though I had never met him and sadly never could. He packed so much life into his sho
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I love the design of this book. It incorporates the story of photojournalist and activist Dan Eldon's life and the impact he made on others - even after his death - with images and pages from his art journals. The printed book itself has the feel of an art journal, thanks to the layout and the fact that art Dan made are attached as inserts or stuck onto some pages as postcards, pullout pages and postcards.

This book is an excellent visual biography but if you have read about his life, you may not
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liberal sprinkles
I love the design of this book. It incorporates the story of photojournalist and activist Dan Eldon's life and the impact he made on others - even after his death - with images and pages from his art journals. The printed book itself has the feel of an art journal, thanks to the layout and the fact that art Dan made are attached as inserts or stuck onto some pages as postcards, pullout pages and postcards.

This book is an excellent visual biography but if you have read about his life, you may not
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Barbara
Jan 20, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ncbla, writing, war
Dan Eldon grew up in Kenya where he was drawn to the land and its people. His parents and educational experiences encouraged his creative spirit, and he recorded his thoughts in journals filled with notes, photographs, and whatever realia he could find to paste in the journals' pages. This book tells about the incredible life this young photojournalist led before being killed in 1993 at the age of 22 in Mogadishu. As such, the pages are filled with descriptions of Dan's adventures but also with ...more
Marty
Oct 17, 2012 Marty rated it liked it
This is a quick read, mostly pictures of pages from Dan Eldon's journals. Dan died at age 22 while working in Somalia as a photojournalist. He grew up in Nairobi with his father Mike, mother Kathy, who moved to London when he was a teenager, and his sister Amy. His mother was a Knapp from Iowa, parents Russell and Louise. I don't know if they are related to the real estate Knapp family in Des Moines, but I suspect they are because they were wealthy enough to travel the globe when Kathy was ...more
Marla
Feb 06, 2012 Marla rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
I have been fascinated with Dan Eldon since I first encountered "The Journey is the Destination" in 1997. Since then, I've given that book as a graduation gift to several people. As a teen librarian I was thrilled to see a Dan Eldon biography published, with a bigger glimpse into the short life of this truly visionary young man. A perfect book for artists, journalists, photographers, dreamers...
Charles Stephen
Aug 16, 2013 Charles Stephen rated it it was amazing
Dan Eldon was a beautiful young man, a photojournalist, who died while covering the famine in Somalia in 1992. He jammed more good deeds and enthusiasm into 22 years than the rest of generate in a lifetime. For more on his legacy see daneldon.com or daneldon.org I plan to look into more of the documentaries and books that followed on his death more than two decades ago. Note my disagreement that this book is young adults.
Sarah
Jan 28, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Loved this scrapbook-style biography about the short life of Dan Eldon, a graduate of the International School of Kenya. He became a photographer covering the famine in Somalia and recorded his life - viewed as a grand adventure or "safari" - in journals packed with artwork. He was killed at age 22.
Neal Moore
May 10, 2013 Neal Moore rated it it was amazing
My neighbor told me about this book after having just met Kathy and Amy Eldon and said that if I loved Africa, which he knew I did, I needed to immediately go buy this book. I've since given about twenty copies of the book away to fellow travelers all over the world. I love Dan's mantra: Safari as a way of life.
Sonya
May 21, 2013 Sonya rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite artists- just gone way to soon for all of that talent. it is great to see how his legacy lives on and how much he was able to accomplish. I really like the webpage and foundation that is set up in his name and the great works that they do. His work inspires to make the most of the time that you have, that is all we can do.
Mark Benedict
May 25, 2015 Mark Benedict rated it really liked it
The format, Jennifer, is engaging and stunning; the story of Dan I only found moderately compelling though-- it seems for how much journal there is, a more clear revelation of his emotions could be developed.
Skylar Sanders
May 04, 2014 Skylar Sanders rated it it was amazing
I.. Loved. This. Book.

It inspired me even more to work in Africa. Dan Eldon was such a beautiful man (inside and out) and I wish he could still be with us today. Thanks to New and Eldon's family for having the courage to share this heart-breaking story. It has inspired so many.
Kim
Dec 31, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Last book of 2011! Dan Eldon was an artist and photojournalist who died young (22). He lived an exuberant life, however, and much of its energy is depicted in his illustrated journals. Inspiring and beautiful!
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Randy
Dec 18, 2011 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring account of a tragically short life well-lived.
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