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Magnum Photos

Boot, 2009
241 pages
Fully illustrated in colour and black & white.
ISBN: 9781905712151

Situated on the eastern fringe of Europe, between Turkey and Russia, with a sophisticated culture that dates back to its settlement by the ancient Greeks, Georgia was forcibly incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1922. Its independence was restored in 1991, but this was followed by civil war and economic breakdown. In the 21st century, despite ongoing tensions with Russia, Georgia has mounted a spirited comeback, transforming itself into a modern European state at a remarkable pace.

At the invitation of Georgia's Ministry of Culture, Magnum photographers Jonas Bendiksen, Antoine D'Agata, Thomas Dworzak, Martine Franck, Alex Majoli, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Mark Power and Alex Soth set out to describe the country, each pursuing their own theme and working in their own way, chronicling their journey in words as well as pictures.

A twenty-page chapter is devoted to each author's work, as well as additional material on Georgia's history, and archived Magnum photographs of the country - including Robert Capa's 1947 photo essay, made while visiting the Soviet Union with John Steinbeck.


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