Testament: Hardcover – 6 May 2014
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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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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.
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.