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Joel Sternfeld: When It Changed
Of the impetus to create the photographs in When It Changed, Joel Sternfeld writes, "Future generations are going to wonder about us, the inhabitants of the Earth when the climate began to change." These 55 portraits document attendees at the eleventh United Nations conference on climate change held in Montreal in 2005, each accompanied by the subject's statements about th ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Steidl Publishing
(first published 2007)
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This is a book about the psychology of climate change. Sternfeld took a number of high-quality prints of the faces of participants in a 2005 climate conference. Each print highlights a degree of shock and upset. These are interspersed with news stories. The book's layout highlights the objectivity of information - the faux 'readout' cover emphasises this. The contrast with the subjectivity of the emotions is striking. The overall effect is very powerful.
This was not exactly what I was expecting (which was a photo book). It has photos in it but it's more of a protest book showing photos and statements made by participants in a global climate change conference in 2005 (which the USA did not attend).