Photographs and Words

Michael Katakis

Photographs and Words
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Michael Katakis

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With an Introduction by Michael Palin and Additional Text and Materials by Kris L. Hardin
192 pages | 120 color plates and halftones | 8 x 10 | © 2011
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780712309141 Published September 2011 For sale in North and South America only

Photographer Michael Katakis has spent the last twenty-five years traveling around the world with a camera and a journal. While collaborating with his wife, social anthropologist Kris Hardin, Katakis’s perceptive work has spanned continents and cultures. The brilliant result of that partnership is captured here in Photographs and Words.
 
Among their projects presented here is their initial collaboration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, where they photographed and interviewed both veterans and civilians, creating a moving portrait of America’s strengths, sacrifices, and errors during a profoundly divisive time in the nation’s history. A different and disturbing vision of America country emerges in “Troubled Land: Twelve Days across America,” in which Michael Katakis sought to have a dialogue with ordinary people immediately after September 11. Bookended by these two American projects were periods of fieldwork in Sierra Leone documenting a village and its inhabitants just before a bloody civil war began. The unintended significance created by the awful events that followed provides a disconcerting context for the images.
 
Both a very personal project and a universal portrait of a troubled humanity, Photographs and Words presents the very best work from one of America’s most distinguished photographers.

Contents

Foreword by John Falconer
Introduction by Michael Palin

A Time and Place Before War
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Artifacts
Troubled Land: 12 Days Across America
My True North

Acknowledgments

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