New York: Aperture, 1998. First edition. Hardcover. DOUBLE SIGNED. 136pp. Quarto [28.5 cm] 1/2 red cloth over red boards with title stamped in black on backstrip. Full color photography throughout. Signed by both the author Charles Bowden as well as one of the principal photographers, Julian Cardona. Some sticker residue on inside flap of dust jacket, and minor rubbing to dust jacket extremeties. Very Good +. Item #59556
From Publisher: Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Time challenges the propaganda and the realities of the current relationship between the United States and Mexico, focusing on the more intimate connection between the border towns of El Paso and Juarez. Charles Bowden, who first brought attention to the story of the Juarez photographers in Harper's (December 1996), has written an uncompromising, piercing work that combines insightful and informed reporting with a poetic and wry style. His powerful text, integrated with brutal and revealing images by a group of unknown Mexican street photographers, takes on issues of NAFTA, immigration, gangs, corruption, drug trafficking, and poverty, uncovering a very different Mexico than generally depicted in the press and by the United States and Mexican governments.
It is all too easy for the American media (and, consequently, the American public) to ignore the plight of the almost two million residents of a city seemingly so distant and foreign, yet the brutal irony is that many of these people-- our not-so-distant neighbors-- suffer directly from the effects of our "progress." Many Mexicans continue to work in subhuman conditions, with little hope of lifting themselves out of grinding poverty.