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Engaged Observers: Independent Photojournalism, 1962-2007 Hardcover – 19 Aug 2010
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A superb compilation . . . [that] includes images taken in remote and often dangerous locations by famous photographers such as Robert Kappa, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith, and many more. "Snap Shots""
About the Author
Brett Abbott is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
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Instead of the regular photojournalists paid to document with their cameras a 'happening', these artists represented here have independently sought out realities they felt compelled to share. The result is a wide spectrum of agony made real by the curatorial statement of both the exhibition and this accompanying catalogue by Brett Abbott. Here are the long missing photographs form Philip Jones Griffiths' VIETNAM, INC - a portfolio of images form the Vietnam experience a968 - 1971; James Nachtwey equally brittle diagnosis of the treatment of casualties in Iraq; W. Eugene Smith's photo-documentation (with his wife Aileen's commentary) of the little fishing village, Minamata, in Japan where mercury was corporately dumped in the water, killing and disfiguring the townspeople; Lauren Greenfield's statement in photographs of the at times very cruel variations on 'Girl Culture'; Sebastiao Salgado's images of the masses of the world rushing toward anything better than what they have in 'Migrations'; Susan Meiselas' documentation of the revolution in Nicaragua in 1978 -1979; Leonard Freed's very touching examination of the interaction of races in 'Black in White America'; and Larry Towell's inside look at 'The Mennonites'.
The title of the book and the exhibition states it well, calling these photojournalists 'critically engaged', and the amazing aspect of the selection of artists is the fact that they felt driven to the need to discover and share aspects of life too distant from our media and yet so very necessary to understanding our planet. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 10