Material World: A Global Family Portraitby Peter Menzel
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… See more details below
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 possessionsa few jars and jugs for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others. Vividly portraying the look and feel of the human condition everywhere on Earth, 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?
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Meet the Author
Peter Menzel has photographed stories for National Geographic, Paris Match, Stern, The New York Times Magazine, and Time. He lives in Napa, California. Charles C. Mann is a contributing editor of Atlantic Monthly. He has covered scientific and environmental issues for The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He lives in New York City.
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I am looking forward to sharing this book with my family. It really helps put life in perspective. I keep imagining what the photo would look like if I were to move all my belongings out side my home. Not only does the book send a powerful message but it does so with such bueatiful images. This is a really bueatiful book that you will enjoy sharing with family and friends. I love how the book provides a glimpse into other cultures and families. We selected this book and hungry planet for a book discussion group which fit In well following a sesson global warming topics and this was a very good fit. I think this would be a great book donate to a library, school or church library.
This book should sit on everyones reference shelf. It illustrates both the simplicities and excentricities of life. I admire most, the families with the fewest possessions. Shouldn't we all live as simply? I would recommend this book for anyone, but especially for those whose lives are feeling cluttered. And who in America today doesn't feel this way? It helps to illustrate the true difference between 'wants' and 'needs', and might just stop you from buying another neat kitchen gadget or that third car.
I really enjoy everything about it. Thank you.