Material World

Material World : A Global Family Portrait

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Called "Fascinating! An incredible book" by Oprah Winfrey, this beloved photography collection vividly portrays the look and feel of the human condition everywhere on Earth.

In an unprecedented effort, sixteen of the world's foremost photographers traveled to thirty nations around the globe to live for a week with families that were statistically average for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and family collaborated on a remarkable portrait of the family members outside their home, surrounded by all of their possessions; a few jars and jugs for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others.

This internationally acclaimed bestseller puts a human face on the issues of population, environment, social justice, and consumption as it illuminates the crucial question facing our species today: Can all six billion of us have all the things we want?

"Material culture, laid bare in this way, is surprisingly intimate--and whets a persons appetite to see the world." --The Atlantic

"This remarkable book vividly presents its own cross section of families today, with the energy and intimacy of a work of art for our times . . . This is a record of striking value. No time traveler could bring back a more valuable resource." --Scientific America

"Striking." --San Francisco Chronicle
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 229 x 305 x 17.78mm | 1,134g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 380 Color photos, Tables, Maps
  • 0871564300
  • 9780871564306
  • 20,894

About Peter Menzel

Charles C. Mann, geboren 1955, ist ein preisgekrönter Wissenschaftsjournalist und arbeitet als Korrespondent für The Atlantic, Science und Wired; daneben hat er u. a. für GEO, stern, die New York Times, Vanity Fair und die Washington Post geschrieben sowie für den TV-Sender HBO und die Serie Law & Order.
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