Haiti: 12 January 2010 is a document of the quake and its immediate aftermath. The essay is by the esteemed writer Simon Winchester. The visual testimony to the events of the first days after the quake is by award-winning VII photographer Ron Haviv. Haiti 12 January 2010 is cased in a 23″ x16″ flat cardboard box. The project is composed of sixteen unbound posters. Its unique format allows the viewer to absorb each page individually or to hang the entire project, thereby creating a powerful document to the immediate aftermath of the quake. Haiti 12 January 2010 is ideally suited to galleries and academic environs, as well as to readers with a strong appreciation for world-class photojournalism and design.
After September 11, famed photographer Ron Haviv, who has covered conflicts in Africa, Russia, the Middle East and the Balkans, embarked on a trip to Afghanistan with writer Ilana Ozernoy (“U.S. News World Report,” the “San Francisco Chronicle” and “The Boston Globe”). The photographs capture the period from October 2001, through the liberation of the city of Kabul, to the fall of the Taliban regime at the end of December 2001.
Haviv’s unforgettable photographs are collected in BLOOD AND HONEY: A Balkan War Journal (TV Books; November 15, 2000). Chuck Sudetic, the leading correspondent for the New York Times in Yugoslavia for much of the conflict, provides historical, political and cultural context in a penetrating essay, shedding light on the tragic cycles of war that have engulfed the Balkans over the past century. Internationally renowned author David Rieff (Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West) offers an acute and impassioned testimonial of BLOOD AND HONEY and the importance of witness. Bernard Kouchner, founder of the Nobel Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders and the present-day governor of Kosovo, writes with vigorous morality about the importance and implication of the past on the future of the Balkans. This war journal is further augmented by a chronology of the conflict and quotations from victims, perpetrators, political figures, and international observers that provide alternative and opposing voices about the war. The book is an enduring testament to the horrors that the Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, and Kosovar Albanians perpetrated against each other as the result of ancient enmities and modern political manipulation.
War reveals the true story of what our country has faced since that fateful Tuesday in 2001. Featuring 223 photographs, insightful vignettes and three thought-provoking major essays, War is a powerful collaborative effort from VII, a cutting-edge photo agency cooperatively owned by nine elite photojournalists. The three full-length essays, written by eminent journalists Peter Maass, Remy Ourdan and David Rieff, discuss the three major crises of the twenty-first century from a social, political and militaristic standpoint and further illuminate the powerful photographic images in War. The photographers of VII-Christopher Anderson, Alexandra Boulat, Lauren Greenfield, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey and John Stanmeyer-are used to witnessing, up close and in person, events of international turmoil. That is the duty of a photojournalist-to bear witness and to document history-and few would dispute that these photojournalists are the world’s very best. In addition to documenting the experience of 9/11, War takes an incisive look at the images from Afghanistan and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, as well as the airstrikes and US occupation of Iraq. In War, the photographers of VII have created a shockingly intimate portrait of US foreign policy and the most critical moments of American history in the beginning of the twenty-first century. What you see here will stun you. War has received the Picture of the Year Best Photography Book, the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Selected Book, the Photo District News Best Book Selection and the Independent Publisher Awards Best Current Events.
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