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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: POWERHOUSE BOOKS; 01 edition (6 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157687673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876732
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.1 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the mortar struck the building that Hondros and Hetherington were in while covering the Syrian conflict, the world lost two of its greatest photographic talents. This book is a fitting tribute to a man that bore witness to the atrocities that we are capable of inflicting on each other so that we could be made aware of them. i'm a professional photographer and don't give praise lightly, but some of the photographs in this book are astonishing: not only that the shutter was open for the exact moment needed (sometimes mere hundredths of a second) but that Hondros was ever in position to take such a shot in the first place.
The father of conflict photojournalism, Robert Capa, once said that "if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough". Hondros seems to have taken the advice to heart because there is no way that he could have gotten closer, whether metaphorically or literally.

The captions are thoughtful and detailed (though as one other reviewer commented, it would be an easier read for them to be placed next to the relevant photographs rather than in an annexe) as are the anecdotes from friends and colleagues.

If you're interested in conflict photojournalism, i cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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HASH(0x9ef14600) out of 5 stars History in the Present Tense 30 April 2014
By George Porcari - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris Hondros was a photojournalist whose work has been prominently on display the last few years. Photojournalists shoot history in the present tense and often pay for it with their lives. We have seen his images, perhaps without realizing they were his, illustrating the conflict in various hot spots, including Lybia where he was killed in 2011.

Like many other photographers, he was influenced by Larry Burrows in his use of saturated, high contrast color, and like Robert Capa, perhaps the preeminent photojournalist of the last century, he had a feel for dramatic action confronted head on. But dramatic action per se was not his main subject. Like Werner Bischof, one of the founders of the Magnum agency, he had a sensitivity to the psychological and physical suffering of human beings under the effects of mechanized warfare. His most brilliant series was probably from 2005, detailing the shooting of an Iraqi family by U.S. troops.

Hondros’ best shots are of children and women caught in the confusion of crossfire, and of men in the middle of some action that seems not only violent, but mysterious and absurd. Unlike Bischof, or the photographers of the past century, Hondros’ images also seem to connote a post-apocalyptic aura, where men are fighting amidst the rubble and ruins of the world as we know it. This book is, as the title states, a beautiful ‘testament’ to Mr. Hondros’ photographs. The full bleed horizontal images go over the gutter of the book leaving a blank space on one side for the eye to rest, with descriptions in the back of the book. Aside from the images there is a selection of writings by Mr. Hondros that, as one would expect, are not about him, but fully concerned with the subjects of his work, and their situation inside history in the present tense.
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HASH(0x9e8e5bb8) out of 5 stars An amazing book 18 April 2014
By karen n hirdt - Published on Amazon.com
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The images in this book are stunning, powerful and unforgettable. They capture the humanity of the subjects and the reality of life in areas of the world that most of us will never see. This book opens our eyes .
The photos interspersed with the writing of the photojournalist make a powerful impact.
We all need to pay attention to what is happening in the world. After seeing this book I have ordered several more to give as gifts.
This book is that important.
HASH(0x9e8e5b28) out of 5 stars An award-winning masterpiece! 25 Nov. 2015
By Gina - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful book. It's a beautiful coffee-table book format, but inside, the text and photography are powerfully poignant, insightful and are award-winning excellence. I liked this so much I bought additional copies for gifts.
HASH(0x9e8e5be8) out of 5 stars Thought worthy 16 Jun. 2014
By Gary L. Kieffer - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris Hondros left this life far too young. A courageous, intelligent, talented photojournalist, his extensive work had been seen around the world, but many people didn't know his name. A self-evasive professional, he brings a masters eye for the artistic portrayal of war and conflict around the world. This is truly his Testament to the world at war in the last century.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f230630) out of 5 stars Beautiful tribute 17 April 2014
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What a wonderful tribute to an excpetional photojournalist. These aren't easy images to look at, but they tell an important story that we all need to hear.
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