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The Body at Risk

Academic journal article Afterimage

The Body at Risk

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In her catalog for the "The Body at Risk" exhibition, curator Carol Squiers has created an essential document of the history of concerned photography as it addresses issues relate to the health of the human body. The chronological presentation offers a sequential look at historical public health challenges and reform initiatives and their reflection in current debates, as well as serving to heighten Squiers's contention that the American health care and social service systems, long weighed down by myriad political and economic strangleholds, need reform.

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In her Foreword, Squiers points out that the subjects of these works are not depicted as victims and while these activist photographers were not chiefly concerned with aesthetics, the resulting images are "vital, compelling, subtle, and persuasive." From Lewis W. Hine's expose of child labor practices to Donna Ferrato's shockingly intimate portraits of domestic abuse to Lori Grinker's narratives of veterans of wars and civil conflicts to David T. …

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