July 20, 1969. As Neil Armstrong takes man's first steps on the moon, Mark Edwards is lost in a lunar landscape on the edge of the Sahara desert. He is rescued by a Tuareg nomad, who takes him to his people, makes a fire and produces a cassette player. Bob Dylan sings "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall". As Dylan piles image upon image, the idea comes to Edwards of illustrating each line of the song. In the years that follow, he travels to over 150 countries to photograph our headlong collision with nature. Hard Rain is the result - an unforgettable collection of photographs illustrating Dylan's prophetic lyric.
Images from Edwards' personal archive, plus contributions by Sebastião Salgado, Chris Steele-Perkins and others, combine with the words of rock music's great, poetic writer to form the centrepiece of Hard Rain.
The book and touring exhibition will inspire readers to participate in the debate about how we can best address the pressing issues of climate change, habitat loss, and poverty.
This revised, expanded edition includes essays by Robert May, John Elkington & Geoff Lye, Jonathon Porritt and David Bohm, and over 50 new photographs.
"A masterpiece that summons up the ghosts of our past and a vision of a future that is ours to change."
Tim Smit, Chief Executive and co-founder, The Eden Project
"We need to give a damn, and here we can see, if we take a few minutes, why we should. This is the power of art."
"Your book is a piece of sustained beauty. I treasure it."