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Dan Eldon by Jennifer New
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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 learn much from Dan Eldon: Safari as a Way of Life. It's a bit of a biography lite in terms of how his story is told in text. It's a good summary but there is little detailed commentary and not enough anecdotes recounted by friends and family. But you do get a good sense of the person he was, how he saw the world, how he lived his life and how he tried to make a difference.

That Dan Eldon was a creative and unique individual who led an extraordinary life comes through in the book. It shows he combined the opportunities and privileges he enjoyed as an an expat kid growing up in Africa with his curiosity, compassion and love for life in a remarkable way that left imprints on numerous other lives during his lifetime and after he was tragically killed at age 22 while on assignment in Somalia. Dan Eldon left his mark in an indelible way. There is a chapter at the end on the works and missions of some people who were inspired by him to do good, start movements and help change the world in their own ways.

You might well be inspired to do the same if you read this superbly presented and inspirational book.

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