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Kindergartners with AIDS in Romania. Homeless children living in the tombs of Cairo and the sewers of Mexico City. Teenage prostitutes in Bangkok. Kids enslaved in Indian factories. Kids with guns on the mean streets of Northern Ireland. No question about it, the stark black and white images in Stan Grossfeld's book are gut wrenching--perhaps none more so than the child of the Gaza Strip holding her glass eye, its empty socket staring back at you. Yet this powerful and provocative book about the plight of millions of young people is as difficult to put down as it is to look at. At that, it could well set new standards in photojournalism.
From Library Journal
This collection of 120 black-and-white photographs by award-winning Boston Globe journalist and photographer Grossfeld documents appalling poverty, neglect, and exploitation suffered by children worldwide?including the United States. A chilling text accompanies the stark photographs, explaining their context, detailing the everyday lives of the subjects, and providing statistics and commentary. Thus, we go from poverty, abuse, and exploitation in the United States, to famine victims in Africa,... read more
Photographs and text by Stan Grossfield
Introduction by Muhammad Ali
Message from Mother Teresa
From the children of famine in Africa to teen runaways in the streets of our own urban centers, children are suffering in all parts of the world. Lost Futures: Our Forgotten Children is a moving chronicle by photographer/writer Stan Grossfeld--a two-time Pulitzer-prize winner--who has traveled from Los Angeles to India, from Brazil to Thailand, documenting the precarious living conditions facing the children of the world's poor. As this book shows us, there is hope for these children--if we are willing to take action.
Grossfeld has pursued a determined and clear-eyed inquiry into the tragic conditions with which these children struggle daily. An associate Editor at the Globe, Grossfeld photographs and writes with compassion and force. Lost Futures contains fifteen powerful photographic essays, each detailing the harsh realities of these young lives with a report that is brutal yet deeply affecting. Each essay delves into the everyday horrors faced by millions of children. From the often overlooked problems in our own backyards (child abuse, gang warfare, child prostitution, and hunger), to distressing global problems (famine in Africa and India, disease and poverty in Haiti, the AIDS crisis in Romania, child slavery, and the devastating effects of warfare), Grossfeld never lets us forget that the solutions are often simple when implemented.
Lost Futures is more than a troubling investigation into the dehumanizing conditions endured daily by millions of children--Lost Futures is a cry for help and a call to action. Included is the section "Hope for the Future," a directory of organizations and resources engaged in the struggle to right the horrific wrongs Grossfeld has brought to our attention. In the heartfelt Foreword from Muhammad Ali and the ardent message from Mother Teresa we are reminded that we can make a difference.
This important book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of today's children and for those interested in committed photojournalism.