Since 2010, I have worked with award-winning photographers in translating their long-term projects into enduring testimonies in book form, some examples of which are cited below.  I am available for one-on-one editing sessions and coaching for book projects, photo essays and website content, in person and via skype.


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From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs of significant sites from US history, posing unsettling questions about the contested memory of traumatic episodes from the nation’s past. Focusing especially on landscapes related to African American, Native American, and labor history, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered reveals new vistas of officially commemorated sites, sites that are neglected or obscured, and sites that serve as a gathering place for active rituals of organized memory.

These powerful photographs by award-winning photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein are interspersed with short essays by some of the leading historians of the United States. The book is introduced with substantive meditations on meaning and landscape by Alex Lichtenstein, editor of the American Historical Review, and Edward T. Linenthal, former editor of the Journal of American History. Individually, these images convey American history in new and sometimes startling ways. Taken as a whole, the volume amounts to a starkly visual reckoning with the challenges of commemorating a violent and conflictual history of subjugation and resistance that we forget at our peril.

2017 Softcover edition. West Virginia University Press

 


From 1977 to just weeks before September 11, 2001, Richard Sandler regularly walked through the streets of Boston and New York, making incisive and humorous pictures that read the pulse of that time. In the 1980s crime and crack were on the rise and their effects were socially devastating. Times Square, Harlem, and the East Village were seeded with hard drugs, while in Midtown Manhattan, and on Wall Street, the rich flaunted their furs in unprecedented numbers, and “greed was good.” In the 1990s the city underwent drastic changes to lure in tourists and corporations, the result of which was rapid gentrification. Rents were raised and neighborhoods were sanitized, clearing them of both crime and character. Throughout these turbulent and creative years Sandler paced the streets with his native New Yorker’s eye for compassion, irony, and unvarnished fact. The results are presented in The Eyes of the City, many for the first time in print. 

Foreword by Dave Isay
Afterword by Jonathan Ames
2016 Hardcover edition, powerHouse Books

 


Signs of Your Identity by Daniella Zalcman documents stories of indigenous Canadians who were placed in boarding schools run by the Church in order to force their assimilation into the dominant culture. Zalcman uses double exposure portraits to portray her subjects. These multiple exposure portraits juxtaposes survivors who are still fighting to overcome the memories of their residential school experiences, with the sites where those schools once stood, government documents that enforced strategic assimilation and places where, even today, First Nations people struggle to access services that should be available to all Canadians.

Foreword by Marlene McNab
Cree Translation by Doreen Oakes
2016 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press

Selected as one of the most stunning photo books of 2016 by Mark Murrmann of Mother Jones

Selected as one of the best photo books of 2016 by Sara Terri for PHOTO-EYE 


This is My Country by Ingetje Tadros looks at people standing on the precipice of life: disenfranchised, neglected and now threatened with displacement. It is a permanent record of and bring attention to the plight of Aboriginal communities under threat.  It will serve as a call to Australian society to support their First People and end the displacement of their communities.

Essays by Gerry Georgatos, Dr. Anne Poelina and Ken Riddiford
2016 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press


On April 25th, 2015 Nepal was hit by the devastation of Mother Nature: an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 that killed almost 9,000 people and injured more than 22,000. In the aftermath of that fateful day in April, almost three million people were made homeless, as hundreds of thousands of homes and other buildings were turned to rubble. In the months following the earthquake, aftershocks continued to hit the country on an almost daily basis; a magnitude 7.2 hit the country in May adding more devastation.

The book Endurance by Omar Havana is a humble tribute to and a legacy for those who are working hard to see their nation rise again.  It tells the story of Nepali people resilience, the story of a life spirit that spreads, like the smiles on their faces, over the streets filled with debris and the ruins of their homes.

Introduction by Pavaan Mathema - Foreword by Bernardo Bertolucci
Poetry by Amit Thapa, afterword by Gareth Bright
2016 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press


Occupied Pleasures by Tanya Habjouqa is a testimony to Palestinian resilience as they pursue simple pleasures in the face of an endless occupation. Tanya’s lens explores how people live through the daily absurdities. Inspired by Martin Parr, Tanya documents the growing “fringe pleasures,” from the flying parkour boys of Qalqilya to the surfers and break-dancers of Gaza. She focuses on the quiet moments of release and escape. After years of documenting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for media and NGOs, the issue took an intimate turn for Tanya Habjouqa. She married a Palestinian and the subsequent birth of her children has turned this conflict into a lived and shared narration. “Now more than ever I see the importance of celebrating the humor that infuses life amidst the oppressive environment.”

Introduction by Laleh Khalili - Foreword by Nathalie Handal
Poetry by Najwan Darwish, Sousan Hammad & Hind Shoufani
2015 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press

Selected as one of the best photo books of 2015 by TIME and SMITHSONIAN Magazines.
One of LENSCULTURE's favorite photobooks of the year: selected by Louise Clements.


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Published as the recipient of the 2015 FotoEvidence Book Award, The Unravelling: Central African Republic by Marcus Bleasdale documents the recent breakdown of order and outbreak of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR).  Working with Human Rights Watch (HRW) award-winning photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale traveled to remote areas of CAR where once friendly neighbors were in open conflict fuelled by competing political forces.
Human Rights Watch Director of Emergencies, Peter Bouckaert, who traveled with Bleasdale contributes three essays to The Unravelling exploring the roots of the conflict and describing what he and Bleasdale encountered on their journey deep into CAR.

Foreword by Nicolas Kristof
2015 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press
Selected as one of the best photo books of 2015 by SMITHSONIAN Magazine and MOTHER JONES.


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Romania reveals the clarity and sensitivity of Joseph Rodriguez' lens. Best known for "East Side Stories" about L.A. gangs, his work from Romania brings the same humanistic touch to both the devastation and hope that followed the fall of the Ceausescu Communist regime there. In work never before published, the viewer takes a journey into villages, through factories, farmland, institutions and homes. His stark, black and white photography draws on a long tradition of humanistic photographers. Romania confirms Rodriguez' place in that classic tradition.

Afterword by Dr. Ileana Selejan
Audio Interview by Boryana Alexandrova
2015 IPad edition, FotoEvidence Press


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In Princess to Slave Anahit Hayrapetyan documents Armenian women affected by domestic violence. She follows the stories of five women who suffered domestic abuse, telling their stories and documenting the conditions they endure. The women in “Princess to Slave” range from a local woman in Hayrapetyan’s own village to a woman who brought her case to court and garnered national attention to plight of women facing abusive husbands and in-laws.

Introduction by Lara Aharonian
2015 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press

 


Life in War by Iranian photographer Majid Saeedi is probably the only book about Afghanistan that doesn’t show images of war. For ten years his camera photographed daily life in the context of war.  Speaking the language, Majid embedded with the Afghan people rather than with an alien army. His photographs reveal the humanity of a people living through decades of war.

Introduction by Ed Kashi
2014 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press


Hammond captures both the deplorable conditions that the mentally ill endure and the overwhelming challenge that mental health workers face with limited resources and inadequate or failed health care systems in which the mentally ill have the lowest priority.  Shame and prejudice based on traditional and religious beliefs about mental illness add cultural obstacles to the effective treatment of the mentally ill in many regions of Africa.

2013 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press


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Bhopal Second Disaster by Alex Masi. Almost three decades have passed since the infamous 1984 gas disaster caused by Union Carbide (now DOW Chemical) in Bhopal, but many local families are still living the nightmare that began on December 3, 1984. Its deadly legacy is not only affecting those who survived, but also their children, many of whom are suffering from severe neurological and physical disorders caused by the large-scale contamination of land and water that continues unabated today.

Foreword by Indra Sinha
2012 Hardcover edition, FotoEvidence Press

 


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Bronx Boys is an intimate photo essay about the lives of young people in the Bronx during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Shot over two decades by photojournalist Stephen Shames, Bronx Boys takes the viewer inside the lives of young people living at the epicenter of a crack cocaine epidemic that devastated their community. The story tracks their childhood on the streets, their loves and losses. It includes a powerful first person narrative by Martin Dones, one of the young men Shames followed and who survived life on the streets.

2011 Digital monograph, FotoEvidence Press

Bronx Boys was published as a Hardcover edition by the University of Texas Press in 2014 and selected as one of the best photo books of the year by Vince Aletti of the New Yorker for TIME Magazine.