Author(s): David Elliot Cohen
Photography has the ability to reveal truths, expose lies, advance public discourse and inspire people to demand change. Socially conscious pioneers with cameras have transformed the world - and that legacy lives on in this thought-provoking book. "What Matters" asks: What are the essential issues of our time? What are the pictures that will spark public outrage and spur reform? The answer appears in 18 powerful stories by the foremost photojournalists of our age, edited by "New York Times" best-selling author David Elliot Cohen and featuring trenchant commentary from well-recognised experts and thinkers.The combination of compelling photographs and insightful writing will make this a highly relevant, widely discussed book, bound to appeal to anyone concerned about the crucial issues afflicting our world - from global warming to third world child labour. The volume also includes extensive "What You Can Do" sections with a menu of web links and effective actions readers can take now.
Photographs that Can Change the World
"David Elliot Cohen's new book, What Matters, which hits bookshelves today, is a collection of photo essays that explore 18 distinct social issues that define our time. Shot by the world's most renowned photojournalists, including James Nachtwey, who has contributed to V.F., the photographs explore topics ranging from genocide and global warming to oil addiction and consumerism, offering a raw view into the problems that plague our world. Each photo essay is accompanied by written commentary from an expert on the issue. Cohen hopes the book will inspire people to work toward resolving these problems. "Great photojournalism changed the world in the past, and it can do it again," Cohen says. "I want people to see these images, get angry, and act on that anger. Compelling images by the world's best photojournalists is the most persuasive language I have to achieve this."
- vanityfair.com, http: //www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/09/what-matters.html "Changing the world might sound like a lofty goal for a photo book, but that's what the new book, What Matters, The World's Preeminent Photojournalists and Thinkers Depict Essential Issues of our Time edited by David Elliot Cohen (Sterling Publishing, $28, 2008), hopes to do. Citing the power of socially conscious photographers over the last 150 years, the beautiful collection of 18 photo-essays by some of today's prominent photojournalists hopes to "inform pre-election debate and inspire direct action." Regardless of what side of the political fence you sit on, this collection of heartbreaking and powerful stories and images is guaranteed to get you thinking."
- Popular Photography, http: //flash.popphoto.com/blog/2008/08/book-review-wha.html
Editor David Eliot Cohen, is a New York Times Bestselling author whose previous works include: A Day in the Life and the America 24/7 series