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By the time he was twenty-two, Dan Eldon had led a relief mission across Africa; worked as a graphic designer in New York; studied (intermittently) at four colleges; traveled through Europe, Africa, Japan, and the US; founded a charity for Mozambiquan refugees; directed a film; written a book; started up his own photography business; and become a photojournalist for Reuters news agency, covering the famine and civil war in Somalia. There, in 1993, he was killed in an eruption of mob violence while on assignment. In a world of rules and regularity, Eldon was a renegade, a risk-taker, and an adventurer. But, despite all his travels, he knew that the interior landscape is the only one truly worth exploring, and this is the journey he dedicated himself to recording. His is no ordinary journal; it is an astonishing seventeen-volume collage of photos, drawings, words, maps, clippings, paint, scraps, shards, and trash that reveals his strange and vivid life. The Journey is the Destination offers a selection of pages from these extraordinary journals, at once the vision of an artist in his prime and the unrestrained outpourings of a young man just beginning to live.

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Dan Eldon lived more in twenty-two years than most people do in eighty. He traveled through four continents, led expeditions across Africa, wrote a book, worked as a graphic designer in New York, made a film, and became a respected photojournalist - all before his sudden, violent death in Somalia. This is no ordinary diary; it is an astonishing collage of photographs, drawings, words, maps, clippings, paints, scraps, shards, and trash that reveals his strange and vivid life. The wild trips and weird places, the lovers and late nights, the danger and fun are captured in pages that seem to shiver with passion, opinion, and dark humor. Eldon's journal holds up a pure mirror to both the sickness of the modern world and the fragile happiness of the human condition, and ultimately, reveals the accidental beauty that only a young artist can truly capture.

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Hauschultz, August 30, 2008 (view all comments by Hauschultz)
This book takes the artist's journal to new heights. Filled with Eldon's extraordinary photographs, which juxtapose war imagery with photographs of friends (think of the way a poem surprises with its juxtaposition of imagery). But Eldon doesn't stop there, he uses the photographs as the basis for collage that also employes objects, newspaper clippings, and paint, manipulating the images for startling and often beautiful effects. It's an intimate portrait of an incredibly gifted artist. I return to this book again and again to enjoy Eldon's unique eye and to gain inspiration. The full color and black and white photos of the collages he created in his journals are unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. It's worth more than a look. It belongs on your shelf...as a reminder of the cost of war, the transcendence of art...the value of the artist.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811815864
Editor:
Eldon, Kathy
Author:
Eldon, Kathy
Author:
Eldon, Kathleen M.
Author:
Eldon, Dan
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Location:
San Francisco :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Photojournalism
Subject:
News photographers
Subject:
News photographers -- United States -- Diaries.
Subject:
Eldon, Dan - Diaries
Subject:
News photographers -- England -- Diaries.
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Copyright:
Series Volume:
1137
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10.86x8.35x1.13 in. 2.82 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Dan Eldon lived more in twenty-two years than most people do in eighty. He traveled through four continents, led expeditions across Africa, wrote a book, worked as a graphic designer in New York, made a film, and became a respected photojournalist - all before his sudden, violent death in Somalia. This is no ordinary diary; it is an astonishing collage of photographs, drawings, words, maps, clippings, paints, scraps, shards, and trash that reveals his strange and vivid life. The wild trips and weird places, the lovers and late nights, the danger and fun are captured in pages that seem to shiver with passion, opinion, and dark humor. Eldon's journal holds up a pure mirror to both the sickness of the modern world and the fragile happiness of the human condition, and ultimately, reveals the accidental beauty that only a young artist can truly capture.
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