Images of aspiration

Images of aspiration
Huub Sanders, Images of aspiration. A documentary on social movements based on images from the collection of the International Institute of Social History
Amsterdam, Aksant Academic Publishers, 2005; ISBN 90-5260-190-9, 328 pp.

This book draws on pictorial images to illustrate what 'social movements' are. All these illustrations come from the International Institute of Social History that has actively acquired materials relating to social history ever since it was founded in 1935. Social movements everywhere share the same basic aims: emancipation, social freedom, and an improvement in conditions. The famous poster of Che Guevara, which has been pinned up in millions of student rooms across the world, is more than just a photograph of a man wearing a cap. It has become an icon and thereby plays a role in the struggle; it has become a means of acquiring or acknowledging an identity.

Text Dutch/English, 212 x 270 mm, full colour, € 25,00.

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