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The Perils, Profits and Politics of Water in South and Southeast Asia

Daniel Schwartz

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A powerful photographic record of the great deltas in southeastern Asia by one of our most acclaimed photojournalists


Giver and taker of life; essential element of all existence and untameable destroyer; spiritual expression of purity and contaminated purveyor of affliction; bringer of blessings and of tragedy; agent of social, economic and political discord. Water is all of these things - and abundantly so in the great deltas of South and Southeast Asia, the focus of this troubling but pertinent study.

Daniel Schwartz's photographs show the reality of life - and death - in this impoverished yet immensely resourceful part of the world. Supporting Schwartz's poignant images are documents, drawn from a wide range of authoritative sources, throwing light on a region of enormous untapped potential. Shaking off a long history of isolation, obscurity and conflict, this is an area whose time has finally come. Statements of reality, direct and unadorned, these photographs are a declaration of hope for the deltas.

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'What a feast … almost every picture reveals Schwartz’s deep understanding of the physical forces that shape the deltas'

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Format: Paperback

Size: 30.5 x 22.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 163

Publication date: 1 June 2004

ISBN: 9780500284919

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