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Book Review: Dear Mr. Picasso by Fred Baldwin

Peace Corps, India, 1966, Haystacks.
“My attempt to photograph the Peace Corps program in India was fraught with frustration as I found India a compression of opposites both hideous and beautiful. The twelve hundred volunteers working there in 1966 sought to make progress among half-a-billion people. They were needles in the haystack, so I decided to spend several months photographing the haystack instead of the needles.”
© Fred Baldwin/Schilt Publishing
Afghanistan, December 1966. Boy with Baskets “I was fascinated with Afghanistan. Its people and the land itself seemed to be created to endure the impossible. Every aspect of this land seemed to have been cut from something hard.”
© Fred Baldwin/Schilt Publishing
Southern Poverty, Savannah, Ga., 1967. A tiny, isolated, poor community located not far away from Savannah’s wealthiest parts. It was reported that families here
suffered from five generations of inbreeding. “Donald Gatch, a doctor friend, took me to a tiny isolated community that had suffered from what had been reported to be five generations of inbreeding. The inhabitants were reputed to be dangerous. I witnessed and photographed some of the worst and most desperate cases to support Dr. Gatch with testimony for Senator McGovern’s committee on malnutrition at the time. Half a million dollars was raised to build a clinic in South Carolina.”
© Fred Baldwin/Schilt
Svalbard, Norway 1962. Polar bear on ice. “I returned to Svalbard in 1962 with three scientists and a fully manned ice breaking hunting ship. The conditions were opposite from my Svalbard 1960 Titanic experience in almost every way. Rather than finding hungry polar bears because of lack of ice and seals, we had the worst ice conditions in fifty years, a drunken captain and saw only five bears the entire summer. In spite of this I was able to make images that appeared in Life magazine.”
© Fred Baldwin/Schilt Publishing
Reindeer Migration Post Easter 1960, Kautekeino, Norway. “A dangerous three kilometer swim across Vargsund to the Island of Seiland required help from the Sami villagers who are fishermen.” © Fred Baldwin/Schilt Publishing

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Hans Durrer

Author of “Framing the World: Photography, Propaganda and the Media” and of “Ways of Perception: On Visual and Intercultural Communication”.