Occupants by Henry Rollins

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For the past 25 years, Henry Rollins has photographed the most desolate and inhospitable corners of the Earth, and his powerful vision has been harnessed in this photographic essay. Though he is known for the raw power of his expression, Rollins has shown that the greatest statements can be made with the simplest of acts: to bear witness; to be present. This collection is an invitation to do the same. The book pairs Rollins’ visceral photographs—taken in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Nepal, North Korea, Northern Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Siberia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam—with writings that provide context and political commentary and thereby magnify the impact of the images. This is a visual testimony of anger, suffering, resilience in the face of tragedy, and the quiet, stronger forces of healing, solidarity, faith, and joy.

About Henry Rollins

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Henry Rollins joined the Southern California band Black Flag as vocalist in 1981. Upon its demise, he formed Rollins Band, and has been making records, writing books, and touring the world ever since. Rollins has averaged over one hundred shows a year for over 30 years. He also performs in movies and TV shows and hosts a weekly LA radio show.
Published October 1, 2011 by Chicago Review Press. 176 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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Rollins—writer, TV host, and front man of Black Flag and the Rollins Band—provides mostly photos of oppressed, poor, and marginalized people in the developing world.

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BC Books

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Former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins has become something of a one-man industry.

Oct 12 2011 | Read Full Review of Occupants


Any book that I'd struggle through, like Ghost Wars by Steve Coll, which is a bear to read, so hard, with eighty facts per sentence -- I was trying to have a conversation with her so I said, "I just finished reading this book," and she said, "Oh, wow, that book blew my mind."

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Culture Brats

Rather than being just a mere recorder of events and people, he makes you feel better that you might now know what happened to the smiling children playing on the mound of filth after the picture was downloaded.

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