Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel

Without a doubt, this was the best, most interesting,  book I read this summer.

Thirty "typical" families around the world were chosen to have photographers live with them for a week. All of their important family possessions were taken outside to be photographed. Through these photographs readers see how we are all alike and how we are different.

I especially like the photographer's notes included in each family's descriptions which made each family seem "real."
Also included are statistics for each country which includes average yearly income, life expectancy, literacy rate, etc. Since this book was published in 1993, I know the statistics are a bit out-dated, but it is staggering to see the differences in material goods between some of the countries.

Whether you casually flip through this book, or read it carefully as I did, you will be fascinated!

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