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There were many gorgeous-looking books laid out at the Aperture press preview, not least of all 'Destroy This Memory', photographs by Richard Misrach. The book is being published to coincide with the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and accompanied by an exhibition on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art July 24 - October 24, 2010.

"The photographs in Richard Misrach's 'Destroy This Memory' (Aperture, August, 2010) are an affecting reminder of the physical and psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina as told by those on the ground, and seen through the lens of a contemporary master. Rather than simply surveying the damage, Misrach - who has photographed the region regularly since the 1970s, most notably for his ongoing Cancer Alley project - found himself drawn to the hurricane-inspired graffiti: messages scrawled in spray paint, crayons, chalk, or whatever materials residents and rescue workers happened to have on hand. At turns threatening, desperate, clinical, and even darkly humorous, the phrases he captured - the only text that appears in the book - offer unique and revealing human perspectives on the devastation and shock left in the wake of this disaster."

Destroy This Memory, photos by Richard Misrach


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Proof: Media for Social Justice is a non-profit created to educate global citizens about the economic, political and humanitarian hardships facing post-conflict societies issuing a variety of media.

One of Proof's current initiatives is 'Child Soldiers'. Up to half a million children have been engaged in more than 85 conflicts worldwide. Proof produced the exhibition, 'Child Soldiers: Forced to be Cruel' based on the book by Leora Kahn, which features 40 photographs taken of child soldiers from all over the world, which "seeks to illustrate the story of children subjected to unspeakable violence and manipulated by war criminals."

Learn more and see how you can support the organization. Donations over $1000 receive a print. You can also buy the 'Child Soldiers' book.

Photo: Peter Mantello

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Gina LeVay's 'Sandhogs' book is in the shops, and Gina's on the radio. Listen to her and one of the 'hogs discuss the massive New York water project going on 800+ feet beneath Manhattan that few of us are even aware of. Gina worked seriously hard to gain the confidence of the 'hogs with her persistence and professionalism, and the resulting images are vibrant and eye-opening, not how one might expect them to be so deep under ground.

Sandhogs © Gina LeVay

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Phillip Toledano's project "Days With My Father" is nothing but open, honest photography and feelings laid bare. Almost overwhelming but completely compelling, the project is a series of photographs of Phillip's elderly father who was suffering badly from a lack of short-term memory. Facing what many of us may have to, Phillip recorded some beautiful moments, some haunting, some funny. I'm touched that he could be so brave as to make this available to the public, and he himself is humbled; he's had over a million hits to the website and received hundreds of emails. There will be a book in 2010.

Thanks Phillip, you owe me and a million+ other people a box of tissues.

From "Days With My Father" © Phillip Toledano

Ickes_Harold_1944.jpgI see that Harold M. Ickes is consulting New York Governor David Paterson - a man with about a 20% approval rating clearly needs the help. Harold M. Ickes was White House Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton. His father, Harold L. Ickes, was Secretary of the Interior from 1933 to 1946 and served under FDR, implementing much of Roosevelt's 'New Deal'. This photograph was licensed for use in a new book by Ken Burns/Dayton Duncan; you can see a little teeny tiny slideshow of some pages at the Random House website.

Harold L. Ickes, 1944 © Yousuf Karsh

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Nothing against Jim Marshall but how good it is to learn Andy Earl has a book of his Johnny Cash photos coming out and an exhibition with our mates at Snap Galleries in their new location in Central London, opening November 18th, 2009.

Johnny Cash, Telegraph © Andy Earl

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Just got this news from Robert Altman - he has an exhibition of over 100 photos from 1966-1975 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on until January 3rd 2010. Robert has had a busy year, not least of all with his installation of Woodstock photos featured throughout the window display of Macy's NYC (a whole city block!) and the publication of his book 'The Sixties'.

'Celebrate', Holy Man Jam, Boulder CO, 1970 ©  Robert Altman

feinstein-dylan.jpgYou now have extra time to go and see Barry Feinstein's display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, running through November 29th, 2009. Feinstein spent 24 hours a day with Dylan on his 1966 tour and you can see a fine edit of those results and pick up a copy of Feinstein's new book 'Real Moments'. Brilliant curation nod goes to Dave Brolan.

Bob Dylan, 1966 © Barry Feinstein

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Just published, a comprehensive book on the Woodstock Festival, the events that led up to it, and its impact on the years that followed. Watch photographer Baron Wolman talk about the book on QVC.

Woodstock 1969 © Baron Wolman

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