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The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon Paperback – February 9, 2011
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Dan Eldon, who was only 22 when he was chased down and killed by an angry mob in Somalia, was one of the youngest photographic stringers in Africa. But his journalistic work, which had appeared in Time and Newsweek, showed only a small part of his talent. Eldon excelled as an artist in his collages, which combined his photographs of Africa with paint, pastiche, pop culture images, advertising, and official documents. The Journey Is the Destination collects pages from the 17 scrapbooks that held his art. Chronicling his work from age 14 through his death at 22, this volume is startling not only in the intensity and thoughtfulness of the pages, but also in the fact that someone so young could have this kind of artistic depth and insight. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Photojournalists who risk their lives while on assignment in dangerous circumstances are often unsung heroes. In 1993, Dan Eldon was a 22-year-old Reuters photographer covering the severe famine and strife in Somalia when he was brutally murdered by an enraged mob. In a painful tribute to her son, freelance journalist Kathy Eldon has assembled and prefaced a somewhat offbeat, scrapbook-type publication containing collages, sketches, photographs, and written ruminations culled from her son's 17 journals. Born in England and raised in Kenya, Eldon comes through as an exuberant, passionate, handsome youth who was troubled by the world's violence and deprivations. He appears to have possessed a fearless spirit, and women were attracted to him. With Eldon prominently featured in an upcoming Turner-produced TV documentary on journalists at risk and with an exhibition of his work opening in New York, this book could attract a wider-than-expected audience and is recommended for general collections.?Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
The beauty of it is a life lived to the fullest and without hesitation and with taking risks.
There is so much to see in this book that each time I go back to it I see something that I missed the last time. I love the creativity and the different feelings that come from the different pages.
I intend to put some of the other books about Dan Eldon on my wish list because one isn't enough.
Nothing is going to fall off the pages, don't worry. They are remarkable scans of the original journal pages' texture. The book is an art book, so the pages are heavy and softly glossy. Even the paperback versions are made to last a lifetime. Much more care was devoted to constructing these books than is typical.
The Journey is the Desitination is a good book for everyone from the lovers of art and passion to those that want a good coffee table book. I would highly reccomend this book to everyone that wants to experience something important and touching.
If you love photography and art or are just drawn to precocious brilliance and the intense energy of people who are present in every moment of their lives, you should own this book.
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I have been very inspired by Dan Eldon.