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Book and Media Reviews
July 12, 2006

Illness Photography

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;296(2):223-228. doi:10.1001/jama.296.2.223

“Perhaps it is no longer sufficient that photographers simply take photographs in a world of mediated communication where fiction and sensationalism far outstrip mere social or material fact,” writes Carol Squiers in the introduction to this collection. “If so, then we need more of the kind of work that amplifies and intensifies the documentary approach, combining pictures with historical and social context, advocacy, and analysis.”

Squiers intends The Body at Risk to be just this kind of work. It collects 10 disparate photojournalism projects, accompanied by her commentary. The volume represents a joint venture of the International Center of Photography, where she is curator, and the Milbank Memorial Fund, a foundation supporting health and social policy innovations, and accompanies an exhibition that ran at the Center from December 2005 through February 2006.