In the Shadow of Power.
Photographs by Kike Arnal. Foreword by Fred Ritchin. Introduction by Ralph Nader.
Charta, 2010. 144 pp., 92 duotone, illustrations, 10¾x8½".
In the Shadow of Power is a shocking
visual exposé of the harsh
social and economic realities in the
capital city of the richest nation on
more than its tourist destinations,
and Venezuelan-born photographer
Kike Arnal’s book describes a
search for that other city: a city
that, incredibly, has the nation’s
highest infant mortality, teenage
pregnancy and AIDS infection rates,
and where 16 percent of local children
live in extreme poverty.“With
a population of roughly 570,000
people, the District of Columbia is,
by world standards, a small city,”
Arnal writes.“Itsmanageable size
would seem to indicate that
Washington could fulfill expectations
naturally associated with a
city of its global stature, to take
care of its people. The disparity that
I saw compelledme to spend the
next few years documenting
Washington,D.C., in order to draw
attention to the realities of the
city.”Arnal first visitedWashington
in 2002 while on an assignment,
and was stunned by the poverty he
encountered (“I was… reminded of
themarginal barrios back inmy
home country,”he recalls); here he
brings to light the lives behind
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