What Matters The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time
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Description: 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 Riis7;sHow the Other Half Lives, Rachel Carson7;sSilent Spring, and Jonathan Schell7;sThe Fate of the Earthbefore it, we believe thatWhat Matterswill fundamentally alter the way we see and understand the human race and our planet. What Mattersasks: What are the essential issues of our time? What are the pictures that will spark public outrage and spur reform? The answer appears in 18 powerful, page-turning stories by the foremost photojournalists of our age, edited byNew York Timesbest-selling author David Elliot Cohen (A Day in the Life and America 24/7 series), and featuring trenchant commentary from well-recognized experts and thinkers in the appropriate fields. Photographer Gary Braasch and climate-change guru Bill McKibben provide 0;A Global Warming Travelogue1; that takes us from ice caves in Antarctica to smoke-spewing coal plants in Beijing. Brent Stirton and Peter A. Glick examine a 0;Thirsty World,1; chronicling the daily search for clean water in non-developed countries. James Nachtwey and Jeffrey D. Sachs look at the causes of, and cures for global poverty in 0;The Bottom Billion.1; Stephanie Sinclair and Judith Bruce present the preteen brides of Afghanistan, Nepal, and Ethiopia. Sometimes the juxtaposition of photographs can be startling: 0;Shop 6;til We Drop,1; Lauren Greenfield7;s images of upscale consumer culture, starkly contrast with Shehzad Noorani7;s look at 0;Children of the Black Dust1;- child laborers in Bangladesh, their faces blackened with carbon dust from recycled batteries. The combination of compelling photographs and insightful writing will make this a highly relevant, widely discussed book bound to appeal to anyone concerned about the crucial issues shaping our world.What Mattersis, in effect, a 336-page illustrated letter to the next American president about the issues that count. It will inspire readers to do their part-however small-to make a difference: to help, the volume includes extensive 0;What You Can Do1; sections with a menu of web links and effective actions readers can take now.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall