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What Matters: Documentary Photography and Social Change

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What Matters:
Documentary Photography and
Social Change

David Elliot Cohen, Michael Watts, and Ed Kashi with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, July 9, 2009
7:30 – 9:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium in the Nathan Cummings Art Building
Free and Open to All

Photo essays have proven their ability to not only document but actually change the course of human events. If that is the case, shouldn’t we be searching for the essential photo-essays of our time, the pictures that will spark public discourse and instigate the type of real-world reforms that engaged citizens in the past? What Matters, a new book edited by David Elliot Cohen, attempts to answer this question with eighteen important photo-essays by this generation’s preeminent photojournalists. These essays poignantly address the big issues of our time: climate change, oil addiction, the inequitable distribution of global wealth and other current problems. The book ends with “What You Can Do,” an appendix that offers hundreds of ways to be part of the solution to the compelling challenges we now face.

David Elliot Cohen, Author and Editor

Michael Watts, Chancellor’s Professor of Geography and Development Studies
and Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley

Ed Kashi, Photographer

Written by Zara Katz

July 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Event Announcement

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