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The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War
Title | The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War
Author | Greg Marinovich & Joao Paulo Silva
Type | Book
Rating | 9.33
Notes | The story of four remarkable young men-photographers, friends, and rivals-who band together for protection as they record the violent final days of white rule in South Africa.

The Bang-Bang Club is the story of four young photographers who covered the last years of apartheid, taking many of the most memorable photographs of the period. In this stunning new book, the group's two surviving members recount their political, emotional, and personal journeys through these violent years as South Africa moved toward democracy. Along the way we accompany them on free-lance assignments to other war-torn regions, including the former Yugoslavia and the Sudan, where one member of the group shoots what has become a world-famous photograph of a starving child stalked by a vulture.

The boldness that earned the group its nickname, that prompted them to rush headlong into dangerous situations in pursuit of an image, forces them to consider difficult questions that lie at the heart of their work: When does their sense of humanity overwhelm their ambition and professional duties? When do they put aside their cameras and their impartiality and get involved? These are the moral dilemmas that the Bang-Bang Club grappled with on a daily basis.
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Paul W Gillespie Photographer
Annapolis | MD | USA
Comments | [10/10/11] Just finished ready this great book. I got it from the library after watching the movie. I wanted to find out more of the story and this book delivers and is the more accurate account. I did like the movie though. I knew that the world could be a bad place, but the stuff these guys photograph makes me wonder how people can treat others in such barbaric ways. The toll it takes on conflict photographers is a great one. I am glad that Greg and Joao wrote this book and sorry they lost their friends. The book made me appreciate what these shooters do and my job as a local newspaper photojournalist.
Rating | 9

Chris Preovolos Photographer
Stamford | CT | United States
Comments | [01/14/07] To say it is a photojournalism book, or even a book about photojournalists is an oversimplification. I couldn't put this book down...and I'm not sure why nobody made me read this in J-School.
Rating | 10

Michael King Photographer / Student/Intern
Athens | OH | USA
Comments | [01/21/04] Bill Frakes, above, took the words right out of my mouth.
Rating | 9

Matt Hevezi Photographer
Coronado | CA | USA
Comments | [10/04/03] I am about a quarter way through this story and it is a very riveting account of how a group of "regular guy" phojos trying to make it in the PJ industry entered a new world of very dangerous assignments on their way to international notoriety. Very educational and scary all at the same time. These guys have Kiwis of steel for some of the stuff they got into and lived to tell. wow.
Rating | 8

Bill Frakes Photographer
New York | NY | USA
Comments | [09/26/03] Powerful. Sobering. Thought provoking.
Rating | 10

John A. Pavoncello Photographer
York | PA | USA
Comments | [11/26/02] I just picked up this book, what a great read. Us 'states bound" photo-j's have nothing to ever bitch about compared to what these guys went through.
Rating | 10

Wally Nell Photographer
SAN DIEGO (La Mesa) | CA | USA
Comments | [10/04/02] Before coming to the US, I lived in Johannesburg, and shot at the same newspaper as Ken Oosterbroek and Kevin Carter. The book is very detailed and certainly evokes a lot of emotion. It not only talks about the photographic side, but also of the demons that haunt us. The book is written from the point of view that the Inkatha Freedom Party were the bad guys, and I am not so sure that was always the case. It is however, gripping, and it has a place of honour on my bookshelf.
Rating | 9

John Cowpland Photographer / Photo Editor
Napier | New Z | New Zealand
Comments | [10/04/02] On of the best photojournalism books I've read, gives a awesome insight in to the world of freelance photography in a very troubled place! Can geta bit vivid in parts...not for the fainthearted....if you shoot this sort of thing for aliving don't EVER let your mum read it!
Rating | 10

Jock Fistick Photographer
Brussels | BE | Belgium
Comments | [10/04/02] An excellent read....I highly recommend it. Not only does it give personal insights into the psyches of the four photographers, and how they grappled with the psychological pressures of covering this engrossing story....but it also gives the reader a glimps into what it's like in the freelance world....the financial and physical risks that are required to make it in the business.
Rating | 9

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