Day 22 – The Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar, 2014

The final few days of the Miniclick Photobook Advent Calendar and we look at another book we picked up in Paris, from two of our favourites – Lisa Barnard and GOST…

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Lisa Barnard’s new book from GOST, ‘Hyenas of the Battlefield, Machines in the Garden’ is one of the most brilliantly ambitious books we’ve seen in a long time, both in terms of the scale of it’s ambition, and the depth of research and work that has gone into it. It delves into the ‘unholy alliance’ between the military, the entertainment industry and technology with modern-day warfare as the setting, taking in locations from all over the world (from Las Vegas to Pakistan to Hollywood).

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As well as essays from Julian Stallabrass and Eugenie Shinkle, the book encompasses two major bodies of work from Lisa. Virtual Iraq is a fascinating look at the virtual reality system used as a tool to aid Prolonged Exposure Therapy; a side of warfare not as commonly documented. Whiplash Transition “denotes the journey of mind and body from being a ‘football dad’ at home, to being ‘in the zone… operating a UAV at a US military base to follow or destroy targets abroad”. By using a mixture of methods of image capturing and the perfect amount of descriptive text, interviews and other records, the work is a look at photojournalism, the military and the vast web of connections it has.

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It costs £35 and is available from GOST books.

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