Work: The World in Photographs

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National Geographic Books, 2008 - Photography - 349 pages
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National Geographic is pleased to present our new Collectors Series. Each volume is a fresh presentation of one of our world-famous photography books. Our first volume, Work, showcases this most universal human pastime through images culled from National Geographic's vast photographic archive as well as other important collections. This fascinating, wide-ranging volume presents a wonderfully varied group portrait of people at work?in great cities and tiny villages; in 19th-century China and 21st-century New York; in fields, factories, food carts, four-star restaurants, and just about everywhere else we earn our keep. Here are cowboys and clowns, shepherds and shopkeepers, street musicians and artists' models all plying their assorted trades; on one page a professional quarterback fires off a pass as the crowd cheers him on, on the next a lone fisherman casts his net in the silent solitude of a Pacific lagoon, and on the next a nomadic tribesman erects a yurt on the Mongolian plain.

From the glamour of a Parisian fashion show to the grit of an African diamond mine, there are countless ways to make a living. Work illuminates scores of them offering revealing glimpses into various eras and cultures and engaging the reader with entertaining text and informative captions.

With a wonderful mix of the utterly unexpected and the instantly familiar, this vivid panorama takes an essential human activity and shows us myriad ways in which work is at once universal and delightfully, unforgettably unique.
 

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Contents

Section 1
1969
Section 2
1974
Section 3
1975
Section 4
1976
Section 5
1977
Section 6
76
Section 7
88
Section 8
89
Section 14
143
Section 15
206
Section 16
207
Section 17
208
Section 18
216
Section 19
248
Section 20
249
Section 21
250

Section 9
90
Section 10
91
Section 11
140
Section 12
141
Section 13
142
Section 22
1933
Section 23
316
Section 24
317
Section 25
318
Section 26

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About the author (2008)

Ferdinand Protzman is an award-winning writer, culture critic, and contributing editor to Art News magazine. He is the author of Landscape: Photographs of Time and Place (2003), Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places (2005) and Love (2008). His essays, reviews, and features have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, and The Harvard Review.

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