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Body at Risk Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing

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ISBN-10: 0520247337

ISBN-13: 9780520247338

Edition: 2005

Authors: Carol Squiers

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The Body at Risk: Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing is the first book to explore the ways that photojournalists and social documentarians have conceptualized the human subject as a site of both good and ill health. The volume looks at photographs depicting child laborers; Depression-era health programs; general medical care in the southern United States at mid-century; people with HIV, AIDS, and polio, along with their caretakers and the health workers who advocate for them; environmental pollution; physical and psychological injuries received during warfare; domestic violence; and emergency care in the modern urban hospital. It brings together ten significant bodies of photographs made over the past one hundred years to show how human health topics have been represented for the general public and how the emphasis on health has shifted; how photography has been used to present and promote certain points of view about health and the social circumstances that affect it, both positively and negatively; and how photography has helped shape public knowledge of and opinion about health care and some of the events and circumstances that engender it.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/4/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 9.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.288
Language: English

Carol Squiers is a writer, editor and curator who lives in New York City. Currently senior editor of American Photo magazine and regular contributor to Artforum, She has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Village Voice, Art in America, and Aperture. She is a contributor to a number of books, including Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You (1999), Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Seige (1998), Police Pictures: The Photographs as Evidence (1997), and The Contest of Meaning (1990). She is the editor of The Critical Image: Essays on Contemporary Photography (1990) and Overexposed: Essays on Contemporary Photography (2000). Between 1980 and 1984 she was curator of photography at PS 1, The Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Long Island City, New York.

Lewis Wickes Hine: Child Labor
Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection: The Health Initiatives of the New Deal
W. Eugene Smith: Maude Callen, Nurse Midwife
Donna Ferrato: Domestic Violence in the U.S.
David T. Hanson: Environmental Pollution and the EPA
Eugene Richards: Emergency Room
Gideon Mendel: HIV & AIDS in Africa
Lori Grinker: Veterans of War
Ed Kashi: Aging in America
Sebastiao Salgado: The End of Polio
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