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What Matters By David Elliot Cohen

What Matters by David Elliot Cohen

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Summary

Photography has the ability to reveal truths, expose lies, advance public discourse and inspire people to demand change. This book asks: What are the essential issues of our time? What are the pictures that will spark public outrage and spur reform? It also includes 'What You Can Do' sections with a menu of web links.

What Matters Summary

What Matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time by David Elliot Cohen

Photography has the ability to reveal truths, expose lies, advance public discourse and inspire people to demand change. Socially conscious pioneers with cameras have transformed the world - and that legacy lives on in this thought-provoking book. "What Matters" asks: 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 stories by the foremost photojournalists of our age, edited by "New York Times" best-selling author David Elliot Cohen and featuring trenchant commentary from well-recognised experts and thinkers.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 afflicting our world - from global warming to third world child labour. The volume also includes extensive "What You Can Do" sections with a menu of web links and effective actions readers can take now.

What Matters Reviews

Hard to see, impossible to turn away - Issues and images combine in'What Matters, ' a powerful and passionate new book
"Great documentary photojournalism, squeezed out of mainstream newspapers and magazines in an age of shrinking column inches, has had a hard time gaining traction in other venues... But nobody has told the 18 photographers in What Matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time. These are photo essays by some of today's best photojournalists following the great tradition begun over a hundred years ago with the exposes of New York tenement life by Jacob Riis. Through the doggedness of these photographers--who are clearly committed to stirring us out of complacency--all the power and passion of the medium is evident in this book... Some of the pieces will break your heart, some will anger you. All will make you think. To channel your thoughts and feelings into action, the book ends with an appendix "What You Can Do," offering hundreds of ways to be a part of the solution to these problems."- Chicago Tribune Book Review, http: //www.chicagotribune.com/features/booksmags/chi-david-elliot-cohen-06sep06,0,5288041.story
"Must viewing."- San Francisco Chronicle, http: //www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/09/17/DDGB12K49R.DTL
Photographs that Can Change the World
"David Elliot Cohen's new book, What Matters, which hits bookshelves today, is a collection of photo essays that explore 18 distinct social issues that define our time. Shot by the world's most renowned photojournalists, including James Nachtwey, who has contributed to V.F., the photographs explore topics ranging from genocide and global warming to oil addiction and consumerism, offering a raw view into the problems that plague our world. Each photo essay is accompanied by written commentary from an expert on the issue. Cohen hopes the book will inspire people to work toward resolving these problems. "Great photojournalism changed the world in the past, and it can do it again," Cohen says. "I want people to see these images, get angry, and act on that anger. Compelling images by the world's best photojournalists is the most persuasive language I have to achieve this."
- vanityfair.com, http: //www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/09/what-matters.html "Changing the world might sound like a lofty goal for a photo book, but that's what the new book, What Matters, The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of our Time edited by David Elliot Cohen (Sterling Publishing, $28, 2008), hopes to do. Citing the power of socially conscious photographers over the last 150 years, the beautiful collection of 18 photo-essays by some of today's prominent photojournalists hopes to "inform pre-election debate and inspire direct action." Regardless of what side of the political fence you sit on, this collection of heartbreaking and powerful stories and images is guaranteed to get you thinking."
- Popular Photography, http: //flash.popphoto.com/blog/2008/08/book-review-wha.html
Those doubting the power of photojournalism to sway opinion and encourage action would do well to spend some time with this book. In 18 stories, each made up of photos by leading photojournalists and elucidated by short essays by public intellectuals and journalists, this book explores environmental devastation, war, disease, and the ravages of both poverty and great wealth. The photos are specific and personal in their subject matter and demonstrate how great photography can illuminate the universal by depicting the specific. Cohen has a goal beyond simply showcasing terrific photography. In his thoughtful introduction, he makes explicit his aim to connect the work compiled here with the great tradition of muckraking photography that helped to change conditions in New York tenements and to end child labor at the turn of the last century. A terrific concluding chapter directs readers to specific actions they can take if they are moved to do so by the book's images, and it's hard to imagine the reader who would not be moved. Highly recommended for public libraries and academic libraries supporting journalism and/or photography curricula. (a starred review in Library Journal generally means the book will be acquired by many libraries.)
- Library Journal, http: //www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6598644.html Powerful photos, insightful commentary fill the compelling 'What Matters.'
What Matters is about big questions and big problems that beg for big solutions.
- Florida Times Union (Jacksonville), http: //www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/092808/lif_337282446.shtml

About David Elliot Cohen

Editor David Eliot Cohen, is a New York Times Bestselling author whose previous works include: A Day in the Life and the America 24/7 series

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GOR003106843
9781402758348
1402758340
What Matters: The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of Our Time by David Elliot Cohen
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Sterling Publishing Co Inc
2008-11-06
336
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