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Unembedded Photo Display

In a 2003 speech called “Independent Media In the Time of War,” Amy Goodman claimed that, if American’s were exposed to the atrocities of war for ONE WEEK, then war would be eradicated. The experiment would mean replacing all video-game images of fighter planes in American media with actual documentation of human suffering. This week, DailyKos is running that experiment, with a week-long feature of photos from Unembedded: Four Photojournalists on the War in Iraq. Kos is showing a new image from the book every day, and readers are encouraged to respond. So far the most interesting discussion of the book has been on Photo.net, where Bill Foster brought up the difficulty of photographic poignancy in a media-saturated age.

Bill Foster Photo.net Patron, nov 16, 2005; 05:27 p.m Thanks for the great links. It’s definitely on a par with the Vietnam photojournalism … but, back then, these sort of images were new. There was a shock value that gave them so much more impact.

Having just returned from an exhibit of the roving Bhopal Photographs, I think Bill underestimates the power of photographs. Maybe their impact is lessened in the clutter of the internet, but in a quiet place–an art museum, or a library–the images in Unembedded are hopefully as close as any of us will ever come to the atrocities of war.


Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More

What’s a Carbon Sink?

World leaders met in Marrakech this month as part of COP22, to discuss the next steps to reducing global climate emissions. One of the solutions being discussed is carbon farming. Author Eric Toensmeier participated in COP22, in part, because he literally wrote a book on it. First off – what is carbon farming? It’s a […] Read More
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