Published March 28th 2017 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Format read: ARC via publisher
Packed with dramatic photos, posters, and maps, this compelling book captures the fascinating story of how photojournalism began.
This was absolutely the case for Eyes of the World, a historical recounting of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro's photojournalism work, beginning with the Spanish Civil War. My background on the Spanish Civil War and photojournalism are both more limited than I would like, and Aronson and Budhos do a good job of breaking down both realms, vis-á-vis Robert and Gerta's stories.
By following Robert and Gerta's work and their lives, we see not only the birth of a genre, but we also see how their specific work in that genre has continued to impact what we see, even to this day. Readers young and old can trace solid roots between the stark, evocative pictures showcased in the book, to some of what we see in our modern publications, and will likely also develop an appreciation for the impact that those pictures can have, as well.
While the writing is definitely aimed toward high school-aged readers, a discerning young reader should be able to handle this book without problem, with some assistance. Highly recommend, full stop.
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