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What Matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time
For more than a century, photography has revealed truths, exposed lies, advanced the public discourse, and inspired people to demand change. Socially conscious pioneers with cameras transformed the world—and that legacy lives on in this eye-opening, thought-provoking, and (we hope) action-inducing book. Like Jacob Riis’s How the Other Half Lives, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spr ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Sterling
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Eighteen superb essays: and while it’s nearly criminal to single out one for special comment, I will anyway. Fawaz Gerges’s essay, “Global Jihad” alone makes it worthwhile to chase down a copy of this book. Gerges is penetrating in his analysis of the West’s confrontation with Islamic fundamentalism and makes one weep for the lost opportunities for peace. As for the other 17 essays, they also will make you weep.
A prior employer routinely set up speaking engagements with their award-winning photojournalists to talk to employees about their work and the issues they encountered. I loved attending those lectures and this book seems to capture some of that spirit.
Feb 07, 2012 MB (What she read) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone (except children)
Recommended to MB (What she read) by: ILL request from another library
Very powerful photographs. I don't think you can see these pictures and not be moved.