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Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflictby Stephen Ferry
Synopses & Reviews
Based upon two decades of in-depth investigative reporting in Colombia's conflict zones, this explosive volume integrates text, photography, and design to communicate the horrors that paramilitary groups, such as the "United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia" (as well as the other sides of the conflict in response to the violence), inflicted and continue to inflict on Colombia. An instant classic of journalism and South American political history.
"In this striking collection, award-winning photojournalist Ferry follows his 1999 meditation on tin miners in Bolivia (I Am Rich PotosÃ: The Mountain That Eats Men) with this equally unblinking portrait of human struggle. Shot over more than a decade, the images form a raw, arresting look at Colombia's longstanding internal conflict, launched by the cocaine trade but now infinitely more complex. Unvarnished and often deeply disturbing, the work alternates between black-and-white and color, and between Ferry's own and archival images. A sense of dislocation, uncertainty, panic, and fear pulse from every page. The book's essays describe Colombia's convoluted, pervasive strife, and Ferry's stylistic jaggedness — images range from blurry and kinetic to ominous and still — captures the anxiety of daily life. In a particularly arresting image, a sense of doom hangs cloudlike over three small, vulnerable white-clad figures trekking across a hillside deforested by the cocaine trade. The next pages show the aftermath of the murder of a member of this very tribe. The breadth of this excellent collection accentuates an unwieldy and horrific topic, but one that is profoundly important. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Violentology is an extraordinary achievement in visual journalism that depicts the brutal nature of Colombia's war and its current violence.
About the Author
Stephen Ferry: Stephen Ferry was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. After graduating from Brown University, Ferry, passionate about photography since childhood, joined GAMMA agency to cover social unrest, human rights, and the environment in dozens of countries. Throughout over twenty years of covering Latin America, Stephen developed a deep understanding of culture, society and politics there. Based in Bogota, he has dedicated himself over the last decade to coverage of Columbia's endemic civil strife. Ferry is the recipient of numerous prizes and honors including two World Photos Awards, Photo of the Year and Best of Photojournalism, fellowships from Alicia Patterson Foundation, the Open Society Institute, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, Fundacion Dos Mundos, and the Getty Images Grant for Good, the National Geographic Expeditions Council, the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, the Howard Chapnick Fund, and the Knight Foundation International. Ferry teaches at the Fundacion para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano in Columbia and works as a consultant to Columbian newspapers; he also teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Gonzalo Sanchez: Gonzalo Sanchez is a distinguished historian at the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations at the National University of Colombia in Bogota, and the author of numerous works on Colombian violence including Guerra y Politica Colombiana. The historian was head of the presidential commission that wrote Colombia: Violencia y Democracia. The Latin American Studies Association awarded him the Martin Diskin Lectureship for his outstanding scholarship and commitment to finding a peaceful solution to the country's problems. He was a signatory to the famous "Letter of the Intellectuals" that called on the guerrillas to give up armed struggle in 1992.
Maria Teresa Ronderos: María Teresa Ronderos is editorial advisor of Semana, Colombia's largest newsmagazine and president of the Colombian Foundation for the Freedom of the Press. She has a long experience as an editor and reporter of print media and also as a television director. She is a "maestra" of the New Journalism Iberoamerican Foundation that trains journalists throughout Latin America. Her stories have earned her the King of Spain Journalism Award (1997) and she was granted the Ipys-Transparency international Latin American award for best investigative reporting in 2004 and 2005. In 1996-1997 she was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and in 2010 she won the Lorenzo Natali journalism prize.
Antonio Ungar: A writer and a journalist, Antonio Ungar is part of the "Bogotá 39," the group of the 39 best Latin American authors under the age of 39 which came together in 2007. He was born in Bogotá in 1974 and lives there today after having lived in the Colombian Orinoco jungle, England, Mexico, Spain, and Palestine, where he has written articles about Palestine and Israel for Latin American magazines and newspapers. His work as a journalist was awarded the Simón Bolívar Prize in 2006. Ungar's novel, Three White Coffins, was awarded the Herralde Novel Prize in 2010.
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