“When one looks through the following pages, studying the anguished faces of proud Africans who have watched their loved ones murdered and then have been forced to live in squalor, stripped of that dignity they cherish, one is overwhelmed with rage, with sorrow, and with shame. These chilling and humbling photographs transport us to Darfur, a place where any “explanation” of international dynamics fails to suffice. All of us—citizens, journalists, aid workers, bureaucrats, and politicians—must open ourselves up and allow these photographers to restore our sight and, again, all these years after the Holocaust, to shock the conscience.”
September 16, 2007
Darfur/Darfur: Life/War is a powerful collection of images from some of the world's most celebrated photojournalists that document an ongoing genocide that has claimed more than 300,000 lives and has displaced about 2.5 million people. A portion of the proceeds will go towards a school for girls in Darfur.
In one photograph, two young girls gaze at the camera, peering over a wooden fence that surrounds a village of tents. In another, a ball of flames engulfs one of these fenced enclosures; the entire village soon will burn to the ground. The beauty and brutality: both sides are represented in Darfur/Darfur, an ongoing multimedia exhibit and now a book, that captures life in western Sudan since the region erupted in conflict four years ago.
Launched in September 2006, the exhibit, consisting of over 150 color and black-and-white images by seven international photojournalists and one former U.S. Marine, has gained massive national and international attention. It has been shown in museums such as the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Eastman House, Rochester; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Future events will be held in institutions such as the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; and FORMA, Milan. In January, Darfur/Darfur became the first exhibit on the crisis displayed on the African continent.
The book's small trim size, lay-flat binding, and unique design work together with the images, detailed captions, and an essay by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Samantha Power to give readers an intimate and incomparable look at the ongoing crisis in Darfur.
About the Contributors
Leslie Thomas   Editor
Leslie Thomas is the curator of the DARFUR/DARFUR exhibit, which she founded out of a desire to bring the individual faces of the humanitarian crisis in western Sudan to the world. A founding principal with LARC Inc. and LARC Studio, a national architectural practice based in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, she is a graduate of Columbia University and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Samantha Power   Introduction Writer
Samantha Power is the author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize for the best book on U.S. foreign policy. Power is the executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur won the National Magazine Award for best reporting.