Women and War

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Pluto Press, 2003 - Art - 191 pages
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Jenny Matthews has spent the last 20 years travelling the world and taking photographs. She has visited many countries affected by war including Nicaragua, Mozambique, Rwanda, Angola, Sierra Leone, El Salvador, Colombia, Afghanistan, Burma and Croatia. Most civilian casualties of war are women and children and this compelling photographic record forms a visual diary examining what happens to women when war goes on, and when it's over. *BR**BR*The stunning photographs show the many roles women play: watching, avoiding, coping, confronting, participating; and the emotions they experience: anger, fear, despair, joy, hope, terror, anxiety, depression.*BR**BR*The book is arranged in thematic chapters: women's relationship to war as mothers; *BR*living with violence; exile; the bearing of arms; the continuation of daily life; the traditional role of caring and mediating; the wider work opportunities afforded to women in times of war; the damage done to bodies and minds; the solitude of widowhood; life after war.*BR**BR*Each photo has an accompanying dJessica Kingsley Publishers Inciary entry which provides the story behind the image, and throughout the book there are images which challenge the notion of truth and objectivity.

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Page 1 - So many mothers' sons! So many young bodies brought into the world to lie there! So many months of weariness and pain while bones and muscles were shaped within! So many hours of anguish and struggle that breath might be! So many baby mouths drawing life at women's breasts; — all this, that men might lie with...

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About the author (2003)

Jenny Matthews began taking photographs nearly thirty years ago and has established for herself an international reputation as a professional photographer.
Her powerful photographs have been used by ActioAid, Oxfam and Christian Aid among many others, and her work for this book will be the focus of a rolling photography exhibition in the UK during 2003.
She has won many awards including the prestigious Eisenstaedt Award for Outstanding Magazine Photography awarded by Columbia University

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