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Reuters: Our World Now 5 Edited by Reuters Thames & Hudson Paperback, 320 pages $24.95 I am an unabashed news junkie. I grew up at a time when they still showed newsreels prior to the feature at the movies (quaint, eh?). That, along with experiencing major televised historical moments like the JFK assassination aftermath, the landing of the first man on the moon, and the Watergate hearings have made me a natural consumer of such 24/7 news networks as CNN and MSNBC. But, my developing years were also a time when newspapers (yes, the paper version) still reigned. As a teen I developed the habit of devouring both the morning and afternoon papers in my hometown of Milwaukee and we were lucky both papers had exceptional staff photographers who were given ample space to display their creations. For those of us addicted to the rush of both current events and eye-stopping photography, then, books like Reuters: Our World 5 are a treasure. This compilation of international photojournalism visually summarizes a truly amazing year, 2011: twelve months that included the Arab Spring, devastating earthquakes and an ensuing tsunami in Japan, the Occupy movement, riots in London and continuing global financial crisis, as well as the “normal” plethora of scandals, births, and deaths. The beauty of this book is multilayered: first and foremost, its layout truly does justice to the photos, with most covering a full

page and many extended across the gutter to a second page as well. In addition, since editorial images without context don’t tell the full story, the images are divided by calendar quarter, and then further sub-divided into smaller sections that culminate in single pages containing both caption data and thumbnails, so you don’t have to keep flipping back to previous pages. This logical design makes it easy to spend as much or as little time with Our World 5 as you care to in single sittings. And the photographs themselves? Powerful, passionate, and in many cases just plain gutsy. I can’t tell you how many times I had to stop and say to myself, “Who in their right mind is out there photographing this stuff?” Although Our World 5 contains a few human interest-type images (the Prince William–Kate Middleton wedding, spectators at the British Open golf tournament, a man sleeping at a trade fair in Berlin, etc.), the overwhelming majority of pictures were generated under circumstances that represent the sorrier side of the human condition: war, protest, famine, and civil unrest. The debt of gratitude that we owe to the photographers who, in many cases, bravely put their own lives on the line to make these photos is enormous, and they reinforce the fact that single images, even in an Internet/cable TV/YouTube world, still pack enormous power. Since American newspapers seem to be dominated by AP and Getty for their images, the chances are most if not all of the photos in Reuters: Our World Now 5 will be new to you. This “freshness factor” only adds to what is an already highly enticing homage to 21st-century photojournalism. - PAUL H. HENNING

Issue 4, 2012: ASPP's The Picture Professional Magazine  

The American Society of Picture Professionals is pleased to present the digital version of our quarterly publication, sponsored by Corbis Im...

Issue 4, 2012: ASPP's The Picture Professional Magazine  

The American Society of Picture Professionals is pleased to present the digital version of our quarterly publication, sponsored by Corbis Im...