10 July 2006

Reporters sans frontières/Reporters Without Borders Benefit: "100 Football Photos for Press Freedom"

Like many Americans, I am more or less indifferent to the World Cup. I do know that Italy prevailed over France (on penalty kicks!) in the finals and even that Germany defeated Portugal for third place. That is about it, however. Oh yeah, I also know that the French star (whose name escapes me) was tossed from the final game on a "red card" (why the official cannot simply point to the door like umpires in baseball do I am unsure - even though I am pretty much indifferent toward baseball too!).

Having now confirmed my parochialism, I want to mention an opportunity to support freedom of the press while also treating your withdrawal symptoms if you have developed a World Cup addiction. Buy a copy of 100 Football Photos for Press Freedom with Agence France-Presse which is the latest in a series of photo publications produced to support Reporters Without Borders; all proceeds from sales will go to help underwrite the organization and its work.

(Thanks to an anonynous commenter for brinnging this to my attention.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the subject of your blog, you may enjoy a review by Bob Thomson in today's NYT - "A Murky Picture Developed and Enlarged." It is a review of "Mohr: A Novel" a new work by Frederick Reuss. The novel, and the review, point to interesting "uses" of photography - photographs as illuminating politics and actions.

10 July, 2006 12:01  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Thanaks for the suggestion. I will have to track down a copy of the book - which may be difficult in a town with NO independent bookshops to speak of. I will be surprised if the local Borders or B&N carry this. I will probably order it from the Seminary Coop (see the sidebar!).

The relationship of images and memory is importat for politics. But I do not have much to say about it myself at this juncture. A future project!

10 July, 2006 18:51  

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