Mathieu Asselin: Monsanto - A Photographic Investigation

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Shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017

The photographer Mathieu Asselin, who lives in France and Venezuela, has tried his hand at the daunting task of exploring the issues surrounding Monsanto. His investigative photographic study manages to capture the complexity of this topic, creating links between past, present and future and illuminating many different aspects from a variety of perspectives. His photos and texts, thoroughly researched and complemented by a remarkable wealth of facts and visual impressions, raise awareness of the problems involved. Throughout the book, Asselin seems to be concerned about who is actually responsible and who is affected by the consequences. Recognising that passing the buck is a useless game, his photos show that there are victims on all sides: physical deformities in Vietnam, families plagued by death and disease in the US, illegal waste dumps, depopulated regions, destroyed cornfields and farmers whose livelihood has been ruined. The photos are complemented by a wealth of archival material, extracts from press releases, court files, image campaigns as well as different slogans and stills from commercials that seem a bit like Disneyland and expose Monsanto’s absurd attempts to pass itself off as a company interested in satisfying today’s demands and preserving the earth for future generations.

 

Title: Monsanto - A Photographic Investigation
Publisher: Kettler Verlag
Author: Mathieu Asselin, Jim Gerritsen
Photographer: Mathieu Asselin
Graphic Design: Ricardo Báez
Format: Hardcover
Size: 30 x 27 cm, 156 pages
ISBN: 9783862066575
Edition: -