STODDART, Tom. iWitness. (London): Trolley, (2004). - PRESENTATION COPY



(London): Trolley, (2004).

4to (266 × 240 mm), pp.356. Black-and-white photographs with one section in colour. Forewords by Sir Bob Geldof and Jean-François Leroy, text by Daniel McGrory. Grey endpapers. Grey paper-covered boards, grey cloth spine, spine and boards lettered in silver; light wear. Gallery blindstamp to front free endpaper. Stoddart’s presentation inscription in silver ink on front free endpaper. An excellent copy.

First edition, a presentation copy inscribed: ‘To / Michael / With best wishes / and respect / Tom Stoddart / Dec ‘05’. Tom Stoddart began his photographic career with a provincial newspaper in his native North East of England. In 1978 he moved to London and, working freelance, started to regularly supply national newspapers and magazines, and during the 1980s he worked extensively for the Sunday Times newspaper.

In July 1991, Stoddart traveled to Sarajevo to document the civil war that was engulfing Yugoslavia. The following year, whilst on assignment for the Sunday Times Magazine, he was seriously injured in heavy fighting around the Bosnian Parliament buildings.

In December 1993, he returned to Sarajevo to report on life in the city during a freezing winter under siege, and he returned on a dozen different occasions up until the Dayton Peace Accord in 1995.

Stoddart has also witnessed many other international events, producing noted work in Beirut, during the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Romanian Revolution, the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, and the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq. IWitness was published in association with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), to mark their 40th anniversary.

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