Turn the World Around: A Photojournalist Discovers Paths to Peace Traveling a War-torn Planet

Turn the World Around: A Photojournalist Discovers Paths to Peace Traveling a War-torn Planet

by Blair Seitz


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Photographer and writer Blair Seitz tells of transforming experiences while traveling in more than twenty countries to complete assignments. His adventures unfold in revolutionary Ethiopia, war-ravaged Sudan, camps of Rwandan refugees, post-war Laos and apartheid South Africa among other locations. He walks in the Philippine mountains with the revolutionary New Peoples Army and photographs China just after its opening to the West.

A pacifist, Seitz is always looking for ways to advance peace before war breaks out. He supports the power of mediation and is impacted by the restorative justice and redemption experienced by two friends--Rwandan and Burundian--who escaped genocide but experienced the death of their own families and the destruction of their villages. When the author returns to America he sees his successful photography business falter before experiencing his own grace and redemption at a Quaker center for study and contemplation where he began writing his memoir. In his travels, Seitz learns of the depth of poverty, war and the effects of global warming. He makes himself vulnerable to deep sadness and anger--as well as joy. The photojournalist also travels to remote agricultural and health projects where he finds American volunteers working alongside nationals to improve the lives of villagers, who have often endured famine and hunger.

The memoir is a lively, often emotional interaction with his family as well as the many nationals that he meets on reporting assignments. Ambitious, daring excursions in a VW bus-turned-camper to Addis Abba, Ethiopia and then to the Cape of Good Hope from his home base of Nairobi are the stuff of adventure.

Seitz describes breaking out of his rural, religiously conservative Mennonite childhood when he ventures to Kenya as a student and is exposed the textures of communities of different religions and varied nationalities as well as the beautiful urban landscape of Nairobi. The reader of Turn the World Around rides a roller coaster journey of emotions as Seitz moves from one action-packed encounter to another. It is a hard book to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781879441460
Publisher: RB Books
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Blair Seitz is the photographer of 21 books and many magazine articles that feature his photographs. Publications include Pacific Magazine, NY Times Magazine, The Guardian, The New Internationalist and many other magazines and newspapers. Books he has photographed include Philadelphia and its Countryside, Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania Yesterday and Today. Seitz traveled on photo and writing assignments in Africa, Asia and Israel/Palestine over twelve years based in Manila, Nairobi and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Seitz also completed assignments for UNICEF and the World Health Organization. His photographs have been exhibited by the Natural History Museum, NY, the Virginia Museum and the World Exhibition of Photography. He is a grant recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His memoir, Turn the World Around: A Photojournalist Discovers Paths to Peace Traveling on a War-torn Planet, includes photojournalism adventures in more than twenty countries as well as his transformational experiences abroad and in the U.S.

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