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In 1964 a seminal photo book, Peace on Earth was published and overlooked by most of the best politically correct lists. Published by the Odyssey and Ridge Press in a hardbound edition with a dust jacket, it features the English translation of the then Catholic Pope John XXIII’s text. The photographs with the exception of two items are by the world famous Magnum Agency. They do not document “religion” in a traditional way, but above all social change in a world context.
Yes, it could be considered a “company” book in the unorthodox sense by some, but for me it proves the deep seated human aspects found in the photographs by Capa and all the other photographers who have given their time, ability and sometimes their lives to bring us “messages” of global inequality whether their condemnation is in words like the text or through the lens.
This was during the era of President John F. Kennedy. It is most likely the first time any Church collaborated with such a prestigious photo agency to bring us their message. The book has 159 pages including about 30 pages of text, the balance are photographs.