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Just Another War Paperback – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 127 pages
  • Publisher: Bedrock Press; 1st edition (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963478400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963478405
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 9.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Jarecke's cut his photographic "teeth" shooting Nebraska football. His senior journalism class project at Omaha Bryan High in 1981 was a handmade photography book of images he made of the Husker's spring game. Less than a year later, in the fall of 1982, he covered the Husker's home games professionally for the Associated Press.

His uncanny ability to find unseen angles and delicate shadows at major news events has made him one of America's most distinguished photojournalists. Time after time - during presidential campaigns, the student demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, the Persian Gulf War and the Olympic Games - Jarecke has captured moments and situations unnoticed by the media pack.

Throughout his career, Jarecke has traveled extensively. Having worked in over fifty countries, he's reporting on everything from tumultuous elections in Haiti, to the fall of the Iron Curtain. He's put a sympathetic face on the plight of child soldiers in Mozambique to the suffering refugees trying to escape a drowning, post Katrina New Orleans.

In 1989, he became a contract photographer for TIME, whose editors were so impressed with his work that they nominated him for the International Center of Photography's "Emerging Photographer Award." Jarecke rewarded their confidence by producing spectacular cover stories on New York City, Orlando, and the crisis in America's ability to provide emergency medical care.

Of these stories, "The Rotting of the Big Apple", published in September 1990, attracted worldwide attention. Jarecke's nine pages of black and white photographs dramatically illustrated the deterioration of America's greatest metropolis and its signature picture, "Two Bathers," won the First Prize in the World Press Photo Competition's Daily Life category.

During the winter of 1991, TIME sent Jarecke on a three-month assignment to Saudi Arabia, where he covered the allied war effort in the Persian Gulf. He would eventually spend time on patrol and cover combat duty with the U.S. Army's 18th Airborne Artillery Corps. His photograph of an incinerated Iraqi soldier, made on Highway 8 north of Kuwait City, stirred a storm of controversy. American editors refused to run it during the war, citing its extremely visceral nature. Gradually, through its appearance in French and British publications, American magazines noticed it, and it started to appear more widely in the United States, first in AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER, and then in TIME's year-end issue. In January 1992 it was awarded the Leica Medal of Excellence. It remains one of the photographic icons of the Gulf War.

In 1996 Jarecke left TIME to become a contract photographer at U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT and remained there for ten years.

While making his home with his wife Souad and their four children in rural Montana, Jarecke continues to shoot cover stories for various magazines on subjects as wide ranging as the underground militia movement, the U.S./Mexico border, the state of public school education, the quality of care in HMOs, and the raucous college-drinking scene in America.

Ken has been represented by Contact Press Images since 1986.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Jarecke's poignant images combined with Cervenka's offbeat poetry and artistic doodlings make for an interesting visual experience. Jarecke was the only major photojournalist to attempt to work "off-the-beaten-path" and outside of the U.S. military's scripted press coverage of the Desert Storm conflict.
It should be noted that this book is not for the lighthearted. There are many gruesome images of disfigured and often charred humans. These powerful images tend to get repetitious by the end of the book and lose their overall impact that I'm sure both authors were attempting to make.
If you're interested in seeing what U.S. soldiers saw from their "Hummers" after U.S. forces decimated the Iraqy militia or are interested in what you "didn't" see from the U.S. and world media, this book is for you.
Overall, the book is a bit disjuncted by the lack of a clear storyline between the imagery,poetry and artwork which, don't seem to have a clear connection to the each other elementally.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By X on November 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it a book for anyone that will close their eyes to the atrocities of war. Throughout this book are images that never made it into the newspapers: pictures of barbarians that have no respect for the culture and customs of the people they are supposedly fighting for, picutures that recall the images of the Nazi SS and the hatred they showed to the Russian people on their march of destruction to Moscow. This book is filled with pictures not of Saddam and his armies, but of American servicemen exhibiting the sickening characteristics of the proverbial "Ugly American."
This book does not contain pictures of heroes. It contains pictures of American soldiers that will shock and disgust. Mr. Jarecke was there. The camera does not hide the horrible truth that our servicemen acted no better than the monster they sought to depose.
For some, the images contained with the pages of this book will be a new experience--for me it was painful reminder of my time in the service.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AmA on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most beautiful, original war photography books ever made. Ken Jarecke is one of the very best photographers of his generation. His pictures have the utmost integrity and passion. Ava.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a beautiful collaboration of photojournalism and poetry by two masters of their craft. This book is powerful.
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The book was not as I expected, I was thoroughly disappointed.
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