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Writing about her work in It’s What I Do, Lynsey Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who has dedicated her life to telling the stories “most people were not covering,” memorably described experiences such as being kidnapped three weeks into the Libyan uprising of 2011.She also conveyed the deep passion for justice and for “doing justice to the stories of people who…opened their doors and hearts for me,” that compels her to stay in this dangerous, “brutally competitive,” and overwhelmingly male profession. Her new book, Of Love & War (Penguin Press, $40), lets us see that passion in action. The album presents nearly 250 photos from across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, along with accompanying essays by Dexter Filkins, Suzy Hansen, and Christy Turlington, and Addario’s own field notes, letters, and contact sheets. Together these pictures and words document both a wide range of humanitarian issues and the crucial role of witness Addario plays. Named one of the five most influential photographers of the past twenty-five years by American Photo Magazine, Addario is noted for her ability to frame shots that are both dramatic and personal.

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ISBN: 9780525560029
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Published: Penguin Press - October 23rd, 2018

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Taken over the course of four years, the more than two hundred photographs of Wild Land (Thames & Hudson, $65) come as close as any images can to letting the natural world speak for itself. In majestic two-page spreads, uninterrupted by text, award-winning photographers Peter and Beverly Pickford show us some of the last unspoiled places from all seven continents. Every one of these photos is stunning, each for different reasons. To take a few (almost) at random: elephants at Etosha National Park, Namibia, stand noble, elegant, and fragile within a subtle frame of light from the full moon. In the same park we see the ghostly figure of a black rhinoceros drinking from a spring. In the Arctic, the Pickfords follow a pair of polar bears as they pick their way across the sea ice—the stretches of blue water between the frozen patches suggesting the daunting challenges of survival. A few pages later: blazingly white sky and a quartet of Arctic terns, delicate and spare as images on a Japanese scroll. Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America offer similarly splendid, incomparable views. While few people appear in these shots, the Pickfords’ prefatory essays to each section include insightful glimpses of the lives of the Indigenous people who hosted, guided, and taught them throughout this invaluable project.

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ISBN: 9781760760076
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 6th, 2018

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The stunning photos of Carleton Watkins (University of California, $34.95) are even more amazing once you know that to get these iconic shots of Yosemite, Mt Shasta, and other natural wonders, he had to hike long distances uphill, negotiate rugged ground, perch on cliff-edges, and face all kinds of weather—all while toting hundreds of pounds of fragile equipment. As intrepid as his subject, Tyler Green pursues every lead to flesh out the life of this great 19th-century American photographer. Deprived of documents and glass plate negatives by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Tyler recounts Watkins’s life through the remaining hundreds of photos and through records kept by famous friends, such as John Muir. Green puts the work in larger contexts as well, showing how Watkins’s focus on landscape for its own sake echoed Emerson’s thinking about nature and fostered evolving notions of conservation and national parks and how he helped inform scientists about the botany and geology of the west. Finally, Tyler makes Watkins key to the nation’s idea of itself; showing Easterners the West, he shaped popular ideas of what “America” was, wasn’t, and could be.

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ISBN: 9780520287983
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Published: University of California Press - October 16th, 2018