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Using the motif of paired pictures, this volume of selections from the vast Ted Polumbaum collection in the Newseum in Washington, D.C. draws attention to human connections across time, culture, and geography that all generations can appreciate. As a photojournalist, Ted Polumbaum documented some of the most important news events and social movements of the second half of the twentieth century. On assignment for the era’s great picture magazines as well as through independent projects, he photographed athletes, artists, parades,protests,and more. Above all, traveling throughout the Americas and around the world, he chronicled the lives and aspirations of ordinary people. Along with cameos of political and cultural icons, the book offers a clear and generous vision of the human condition in all its commonality and variety.
About the Author
Judy Polumbaum is a professor of journalism and mass communication. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Ted Polumbaum was a freelance journalist whose photographs appeared in publications such as Life, Look, The New York Times Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, and Time.
"Whether love or hate, happiness or sorrow, celebration or struggle, Ted Polumbaum magnifies the emotions that define our common humanity. He captures big moments that shape American history and quiet moments that shape American families—my own included. Through his art, he brings light, compassion and understanding to corners of our globe most in need.” —Joe Kennedy III, Massachusetts 4th district representative, United States Congress
"The scope of Ted Polumbaum’s images is something to behold, capturing moments of lightness, of children at play, as well as historic moments of great weight. These photographs document the pain, elation, struggle and love of what it means to be alive. The end result being a gift to the viewer." —Jeff Bridges, Academy Award-winning actor
"Juxtapositions is a bewitching photo-narrative. After a first glance, viewers will find themselves looking more closely, then gazing at details, first one, then another, until finally they have all but entered the photographs themselves. Just as I did.” —John Berendt, author, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and The City of Falling Angels
"To read Juxtapositions is to take a mesmerizing voyage through the last half century—from gripping images of Freedom Summer to China before its market turn, from India to Chile and home to Boston . . . The power of these photos, and of Polumbaum’s journey, cannot be overestimated.” —Juliet Schor, author, The Overspent American
"Juxtapositions is a wonderful Family of Man journey around the planet that is filled with history, humanity and visual surprises.” —Stan Grossfeld, Boston Globe
"Ted Polumbaum was an invaluable guide to me as a young photographer moving through many of the same workplaces, including Time and Life magazines. His compassion, respect and encouragement were offered with joy. As a craftsman with an unerringly neutral, nonjudgmental vision, he never abused the power of the camera. His work speaks grace." —Michael O’Neill, portraiture photographer
"This book is a treasure and reminds us of the power of good photojournalism to help us understand history as it is made.” — Rubie S. Watson, former director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University