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iWitness

Photographs by Tom Stoddart. Essay by Jean-Francois Leroy.
Trolley, London, 2004. 356 pp., 200 color illustrations, 10½x9½".

The solemn chapter headings of iWitness are listed without fanfare at the bottom of page six: famine, siege, exodus, cleansing, floods, earthquake, loss, conflict, scourge. They read like a modern day list from the Book of Revelation-the horsemen of the Apocalypse released anew into the world. Tom Stoddart has born witness to all this heaviness. Or perhaps a more accurate way of saying it is that he has born witness to the results, to the effects of what is imbalanced in the world. This book is, at it's heart, about the interconnectedness of the material and the spiritual. One's soul is moved while looking at these photographs of human depravity and despair-ranging from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo to famine in Sudan. You may cry when you look at this book, and if you can't cry, you'll want to. There is a small pantheon of great photographic books in recent years that depicts the most pressing issues facing a troubled world; iWitness belongs at the top of that list. Read Publisher's Description.

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