I re-read Joe Sacco’s book of shorter pieces again tonight “Journalism.”
It’s not as good or powerful as his absolutely amazing longer books like “Palestine”, “Safe Area Gorzade” or “Footnotes From Gaza.”
But it does a great job showing hardships and letting you realize how hard life can be for people. In “Journalism”, it’s stories like refugees in Chechnya, being extremely poor and lower caste in India near Nepal or the struggles of African migrants in Malta.
His larger books deal with issues like the wars in Bosnia (Safe Area Gorzade). Some of the Palestian-Israeli conflicts in Gaza (Footnotes From Gaza). Or a deeper understanding of being Palestinian in Israel (Palestine).
His work is absolutely amazing and frequently devastating. Having pictures opens your eyes deeper. Having the perspective it takes to spend months or years on a story makes it far deeper than immediate coverage can be. And having a distinct perspective allows for deeper truths to be said.
Joe Sacco is not coming close to being objective. In fact I think “objectivity” in journalism makes for far worse stories and storytelling. Both sides usually don’t have equal merit.
I couldn’t recommend Joe Sacco more strongly. I think I will have to read some of his bigger works again soon.