Cover image for Hope : photographs
Hope : photographs
George, Alice Rose, 1944-
Publication Information:
New York : Thames and Hudson, [1998]

Physical Description:
189 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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TR654 .H654 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This work assembles 107 images from distinguished photographers, reflecting the second half of the 20th century. Photographs featured include the innocent optimism of childhood, and hope as a great motivator, from the cosmic, in an image of Apollo II blasting into space, to the individual, as a Mexican family gazes across the border as they await an opportunity to run to California. The book also shows a family gathering their personal belongings after a flood, as well as hope in our biological essence with the photograph of a sperm meeting an egg.

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Library Journal Review

In this age of cynicism and despair, this work is designed to emphasize the optimism inherent in humankind. More than 100 photographs gathered from leading contemporary photographers such as Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, and Richard Misrach, and three brief, reflective essays by noted writers Robert Coles, Reynolds Price, and Lionel Tiger, portray the endless ways that survival, determination, and renewal are manifested. Thus, we see athletes in motion, families coping with disasters, missiles hurtling into space, individuals confronting death, plant life poking through desolate terrains, lovers dreaming, and the expectant faces of children. There are some touching images in this publication, which accompanies an exhibition traveling across the United States in the coming year, but the essence of hope remains elusive here. A marginal purchase.‘Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A book of photographs and essays on the theme of hope, some emotionally meaningful, this volume offers reproductions of 107 black-and-white and color photographs by international art and documentary photographers. Dating from the last half of the 20th century, the collection has been assembled to manifest the idea of human optimism and nobility. Selected and edited by Alice Rose George, photography editor of Double Take magazine, and Lee Marks, a dealer and writer, the book includes essays by three authors and educators: Robert Coles, Reynolds Price, and Lionel Tiger. The focus of all three forms the theme; no one addresses the photographs per se. While an independent production, the book accompanies a circulating exhibition of the same title. The selection of images is good and some individual pictures are quite moving. The whole is reminiscent of Edward Steichen's Family of Man of 1955. The ensemble of images makes the book; the essays, while thoughtful, are not major texts. Unfortunately, the designer chose to run several pictures across the gutter with sad results insofar as the integrity of the photographers' works are concerned. General readers; undergraduates. P. C. Bunnell; Princeton University