Material World

Material World Cover

Material World

By Sierra Club Books; Peter Menzel; Charles C. Mann (Text by (Art/Photo Books))

Counterpoint LLC, Paperback, 9780871564306, 256pp.

Publication Date: October 3, 1995


In an unprecedented effort, sixteen of the world’s foremost photographers traveled to thirty nations around the globe to live for a week with families that were statistically average for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and family collaborated on a remarkable portrait of the family members outside their home, surrounded by all of their possessionsa few jars and jugs for some, an explosion of electronic gadgetry for others. Vividly portraying the look and feel of the human condition everywhere on Earth, this internationally acclaimed bestseller puts a human face on the issues of population, environment, social justice, and consumption as it illuminates the crucial question facing our species today: Can all six billion of us have all the things we want?

About the Author

Peter Menzel is a photographer known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment. His award-winning photographs have been published in "Life, " "National Geographic, " "Smithsonian, " the "New York Times Magazine, " "Time, " "Stern, " "GEO, " and "Le Figaro." Together with Faith D'Aluisio, he is the co-creator of the books "Material World: A Global Family Portrait" and "Women in the Material World;" and is the co-author of "Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects."

Charles C. Mannis the author of "1491", whichwon the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Keck award for the best book of the year. A correspondent for "The Atlantic Monthly", "Science", and" Wired", he has covered the intersection of science, technology, and commerce for many newspapers and magazines here and abroad, includingthe "New York Times", "Vanity Fair, "the"Washington Post, " and more. In addition to "1491", he was the co-author offour other non-fiction books.He is now working on a companion volume to "1491." His website is