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Images from the NEWSEUM Ted Polum­baum Photo Col­lec­tion

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Judy Polum­baum, ed­i­tor, Gao House Press Soft­cover $24.95 (96pp), 978-0-9970216-0-8

Viva the cam­era as a weapon against those who seek to al­ter his­tory. In­deed, mem­ory and truth are hap­pily cap­tured in a photo. For nearly fifty years, on hun­dreds of as­sign­ment for Life and other mag­a­zines, Ted Polum­baum trav­eled the world pre­serv­ing his­tory and doc­u­ment­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary change in the last half of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury. The pho­tos in this Newseum col­lec­tion of his work show politi­cians and ma­jor events, but most of­ten dwell on or­di­nary and in­ci­den­tal mo­ments in the lives of the av­er­age and over­looked. Polum­baum’s tal­ent re­veals it­self in the slow turn­ing of the page—reader lin­ger­ing, reader lost in thought over un­mis­tak­able images of truth.

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