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Tsunami: A Document of Devastation [Paperback]


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Book Description

March 1 2005

Tsunami is a document bearing witness to one of the worst and unprecedented natural catastrophes of our time. The disaster’s enormity dictates the large-scale format of this book, which attempts to capture, in two-dimensional form, the sweeping magnitude of this event.

Once again, the acclaimed photographers of VII—Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, James Nachtwey, and John Stanmeyer—have captured the utter devastation that has annihilated so many and so much. With an introduction by renowned writer Simon Winchester and a thought-provoking essay by Thomas J. Dougherty, executive director of Doctors of the World, Tsunami brings to light the reality of an event that has, and will, change the face of many nations in the Indian Ocean region.

This project is a document—a message in a bottle to be kept as a unique record. With proceeds going to Doctors of the World, Tsunami is a nonprofit initiative not only to help the people affected, but also to raise awareness about the countless people suffering every day in our world.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: de.MO; Map edition (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974283606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974283609
  • Product Dimensions: 66 x 50.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,698,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The photographers of VII are: Christopher Anderson, Alexandra Boulat, Lauren Greenfield, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, Antonin Katrochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey, John Stanmeyer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GROUNDBREAKING BOOK ! July 15 2005
By Emlb - Published on Amazon.com
This is an extraordinary undertaking. The size of this book might seem too big but once you have it spread open on you dining table you will appreciate it and understand it as the size allows the photographs to deliver the power of the destruction of a tsunami wave. Never seen such good photography so big ! Is like having you own private exhibition. The photography is very impressive; I especially appreciated the photographs by Antonin Kratochvil. The written part of the book is as remarkable as next to a very interesting and accurate description of Tsunamis the introduction by Simon Winchester is very interesting. Also this is a non-profit project and I was very glad to help with my small purchase.... so easy to forget that 250,000 people did in this tragedy. Buy this book, support Doctors of the World, and help the many people suffering in this world! A great keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Aug. 31 2005
By m_s_ - Published on Amazon.com
Considering the tragedy that is only beginning to unfold along the Gulf Coast, it's perhaps a little ironic that my copy of this "book" arrived on my doorstep just a day after Hurricane Katrina's passage through Louisiana and the South. The images inside bear an uncomfortable resemblance the images we're seeing now: mounds of destruction, survivors with haunted looks in their eyes, building foundations wiped clean of their structures.

I use the word "book" in quotes because this is really more like a softcover magazine, and a gigantic one at that. Most photos run across two full pages, and when it's spread open you're looking at 2-foot by 4-foot images of the tsunami's devastation. It's a size that's bulky, hard to manage; it forces you to confront what you're seeing and makes you look, and the vision of the exceptional photographers presented here keeps you looking.

VII photographers are known for being excellent at what they do, and this publication is another collection of their fine work. It's hard to see history repeating itself again so soon, and this time closer to home, but perhaps the lessons learned from the events these photographers witnessed will help ease the discomfort being felt by so many once again.

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