Water is Key

A Better Future for Africa

Gil Garcetti


     12 × 13 in (30.5 × 33.0 cm)
112 pages
80 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 10/1/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781890449452

Of all the many challenges facing the inhabitants of the African continent, there is one elemental need regularly overlooked by the industrialized world. Award-winning photographer Gil Garcetti has created an important visual document intended to show the world why Water is Key. The book contains eighty compelling black-and-white photographs that illustrate the immediate need for safe water and the dramatic results that can be achieved through the help of world leaders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and involved citizens.

Short essays by leaders such as President Jimmy Carter and outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan are accompanied by quotes from NGO staff and West African villagers themselves. A foreword by Steve Hilton, president of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, describes the foundation's important safe-water relief efforts in Niger, Ghana, Mali, and Burkina Faso. A directory of NGOs and safe water projects in West Africa is included. Gil Garcetti intends Water is Key to be a call to action and plans to spend a substantial part of his energies in the next two years to making his campaign a successful one. All of his royalties from bookstore sales of this book will be donated to a safe-water NGO.

Though many know Gil Garcetti from his "previous life" as the Los Angeles County District Attorney, Gil has spent much of his life as an urban photographer. His work has been widely published and is the subject of several books. Garcetti's photographs have been exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the Millennium Art Museum in Beijing, China, Virginia Center for Architecture, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Barnsdall Art Park Municipal Gallery, the New York City Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and in a one-man show of his Dance in Cuba photographs at the UCLA Fowler Museum. He has been profiled as a photographer in TIME Magazine and was recently the subject of a segment on CBS Sunday Morning. American Photo named Garcetti one of the country's four master photographers. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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