Wednesday, January 24, 2007

two books that are actually worth having on your coffee table

my brother hooked me up with a cool book for christmas. he noticed that i had linked this artist/vandal/iconoclast/
cultural revolutionary banksy here on my blog a while ago. See more of his art and philosophy here.

Last week, I went to a presentation on this book, which I had mentioned here previously. Husband-wife team of Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio were awesome. the publication of the book comes at an interesting time, they shared, as for the first time in history, the number of overfed people is equal to the number of underfed people in the world. a blurb from the website...
"it tells about how people feed themselves in 24 countries around the world. Its contents are based on detailed research, beautifully photographed, presented with often disturbing clarity. Photographer Menzel and writer D'Aluisio introduce us to 30 families, representing every continent, each family photographed with the food they had for the week they were interviewed. The household range is from the most affluent in the developed countries to the neediest.
the photographs are beautiful and the stories are poignant. i mean, you could probably guess what people eat and who is healthier and such, but it is quite stark to presented in such a visually fascinating way.

one of their previous books is called material world; they photographed families with their worldly belongings, which is equally as fascinating. in an upcoming book, they examine what an individual person eats in one day.

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