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Crude Reflections / Cruda Realidad: Oil, Ruin and Resistance in the Amazon Rainforest (English and Spanish Edition) Paperback – July 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers; Bilingual edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0872864715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872864719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Award-winning photographer Dematteis is a former staff photographer for Reuters. He has exhibited extensively at home and abroad, and his photos have been included in the NY Times "Pictures of the Year." His anthology of the Sandinista years, "Nicaragua: A Decade of Revolution," was published by Norton in 1991, and also published his book "A Portrait of Vietnam" in Photographer and human rights advocate, Szymczak has worked with Global Exchange, Rain Forest Action Network, the Ruckus Society and Amazon Watch. She was awarded a Titcomb Foundation award to document the impact of ChevronTexaco's oil development on people in the Ecuadorian region of the Amazon, part of a larger project called "Blook of the Earth," a multi-region photo Prior to starting his solo career, Sting was the principal composer, lead singer and bass player of the rock band The Police.With his wife Trudie Styler and Raoni Metuktire, a Kayapó Indian leader in Brazil, Sting founded the Rainforest Foundation. His support for this cause continues to this day, and includes an annual benefit held at Carnegie Hall.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Monnin on June 20, 2008
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One of the best insider views you'll get of the effects of oil spills on the daily life of people in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Not only does Dematteis and Szymczak's book offers beautiful, but sometimes hard to look at, pictures, it also bears witness by including an extraordinary collection of testimonies about the day-to-day reality of the people affected by the pollution and whose suffering is often unknown. It includes as well facts about Chevron's illegal oil-drilling practices, health issues and the ongoing trial against Chevron taking place in Lago Agrio in Ecuador's Amazon region.

"Crude reflections" offers a moving portrait of the lives destroyed by unethical oil drilling operations; in addition, it contains beautiful pictures of the pristine Amazon, of what it should and could be if the company was to be held accountable for the terrible damages they've caused and was to clean it up. I wish this book was in every library and school around he country so it might bring awareness of the beautiful land huge corporations like Chevron are willing to destroy to increase their profits and satisfy their shareholders. Thank you for such a wonderful book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Kelly on June 16, 2008
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Dematteis and Szymczak do a remarkable job of exploring the deep reaches of the Amazon rainforest where Texaco and Chevron have extracted oil and, in the process, left a trail of environmental destruction and human misery. The oil companies deny their responsibility for the results of their activities, but the photos, and personal stories told in these pages, put a totally different face on those denials. One look at the faces of the indigenous peoples who have suffered for decades and at the burning waste oil pits and you'll be ready to swear off oil forever.
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San Francisco Bay Area photojournalist and documentary photographer Lou Dematteis has covered issues of social, political, economic and environmental importance for the past 30 years. A former staff photographer for Reuters News Pictures, he was based in Managua, Nicaragua, from 1985 to 1990, where he covered the wars and civil unrest which raged in the region. He went on to serve ten years as the San Francisco photo bureau chief for Reuters. He has published three books and his photos have appeared in every major U.S. newspaper and in every major news magazine in the United States and Europe. An award-winning photographer, he has received a citation from World Press Photo and his photos have been included in the New York Times and National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year. In 1990 he was named one of the top 80 photojournalists in the world. His work has been exhibited on four continents and in 2007 he received a grant from the Open Society Institute to exhibit his work from the Ecuadoran Amazon in the communities in Ecuador most affected by the contamination left in the region as a result of Texaco's oil extraction practices.