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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822350483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822350484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Through exhaustive research on Salgado's work, Nair raises critical questions on ethics, politics, history, photography, and aesthetics. . . . Particularly poignant are the intimate conversations among Nair, Salgado, and his wife, Lélia, which add tremendous clarity to Salgado's worldview. Highly recommended for fans of Salgado's work and for those interested in photojournalism, documentary photography, and global humanitarian issues.” - Shauna Frischkorn, Library Journal


“[A]dvance[s] a perceptive, penetrating understanding of social and natural discord encoded in the photographs.” - Giovanna L. Costantini, Leonardo Reviews


“[T]his treatise is useful for its focus on Salgado and its contribution to the search for answers about the ongoing presence of what often seems an unsolvable but significant concern. Nair's book highlights another central core within Salgado's ongoing visual investigation: the varying relationship(s) between humans and the land. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.” - C. Chiarenza, Choice


“This work constitutes, to my knowledge, the first book-length study of the Brazilian documentarist’s work, and as such it represents a significant contribution to Latin American scholarship on photography and beyond—to visual cultural studies writ large. The author effortlessly ranges across aesthetic theory, Latin American historiography, and postcolonial criticism, as well as theories of photography, in addressing her subject.” - Jorge Coronado, The Americas


“One need not be familiar with photographer Sebastião Salgado in order to uncover something innovative about visual studies within Parvati Nair’s biography. . . . . Nair effectively compares and contrasts Salgado to other influential photographers across time and place . . . while at the same time confronting both his detractors and fans through a theoretical lens.” - Bree Akesson, Visual Studies


“The importance of Salgado as a photographer is indisputable, he is the curator of chiaroscuro, and it is remarkable that Parvati Nair’s A Different Light is the first full-length study of him to appear in print. Her book offers an interdisciplinary overview of his work.” - Sean Sheehan, Dublin Review of Books


“A superb book on the most important photographer in the world today, A Different Light cuts a very wide swath: critical photojournalism, humanitarian documentation, political aesthetics, visual epistemology and historiography, representational theory, documentary ethics, the colonial gaze, the Frankfurt School, Latin America, Africa, the place of still photography in a rapidly moving world, ecology, art, profit, and concern. This is the book that the photography of Sebastião Salgado deserves.”—John Mraz, author of Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity


“An excellent study! Parvati Nair simultaneously places the work of Sebastião Salgado within broader contexts and illuminates contemporary debates on aesthetics, ethics, and photodocumentary, with welcome emphasis on perspectives from the Global South. A must-read for all those concerned with photographs as visible evidence.”—Liz Wells, Plymouth University, United Kingdom


“[A]dvance[s] a perceptive, penetrating understanding of social and natural discord encoded in the photographs.”
(Giovanna L. Costantini, Leonardo Reviews)

“[T]his treatise is useful for its focus on Salgado and its contribution to the search for answers about the ongoing presence of what often seems an unsolvable but significant concern. Nair's book highlights another central core within Salgado's ongoing visual investigation: the varying relationship(s) between humans and the land. . . . Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.”
(C. Chiarenza, Choice)

“Through exhaustive research on Salgado's work, Nair raises critical questions on ethics, politics, history, photography, and aesthetics. . . . Particularly poignant are the intimate conversations among Nair, Salgado, and his wife, Lélia, which add tremendous clarity to Salgado's worldview. Highly recommended for fans of Salgado's work and for those interested in photojournalism, documentary photography, and global humanitarian issues.”
(Shauna Frischkorn, Library Journal)

“Nair's study is excellent because of its documentary quality. She interviews Salgado and his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, as to their projects and the contexts of their work and she is careful to discuss in depth the controversies surrounding his work and the museological issues associated with the privileged exhibition of misery and poverty. Because it is so meticulously documented, the reader has access to an excellent understanding of the Salgado project.”
(David William Foster Luso-Brazilian Review)

“With English language studies on Brazilian photography and photographers relatively scarce, A Different Light makes an important and very welcome contribution to the field.”
(Alice L. Allen Bulletin of Hispanic Studies)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Russ T. Butner on May 30, 2012
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Must reading for any serious admirer of Salgado's work or photojournalism. Heady and informative reading and contemplative material. Thought provocative and informative.

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I'm still reading it but sense this well researched and insightful profundity on the analysis of an artist whose work's doors are pretty open, and yet one learns to enter only with a certain knowledge, kind of a vampire entering a house with permission.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By exminizer on October 13, 2012
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This is probably one of the worst books on photography or a photographer I have ever seen. The author Parvati Nair seems to think of herself, as akin to Susan Sontag in On Photography but she has nowhere near Sontags' intellectual power. The book has very few pictures of Selgado's work, less than 20. The book is not so much about Selgado's work as an a way for Parvati to use his work as a jumping off point for her endless screed of words promoting her extreme leftist point of view.

In Parvati's verbal diarrhea, she manages to find away of condemning everything in the West from democracy, to capitalism to organized religion. Presumably, the failed system of the USSR should be tried again as an alternate. This book will be thoroughly enjoyed by leftist academics who earn their living teaching in Western schools and everybody else will be bored out of their mind.

The almost hysterical ranting of Parvati diminishes the importance of Salado's work. Those looking for informed insightful writing on Selgado's valuable work should look elsewhere. It certainly isn't here.
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