In 2000, Umbrage created three unique projects on a wide range of topics: a human rights initiative, the retrospective of a master fashion photographer, and a photographic journal of the Balkan wars.

Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World (Random House-Crown, 2000) contains interviews with fifty human rights advocates from around the world, alongside portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams. Author Kerry Kennedy Cuomo interviewed an inspiring array of heroes from more than thirty-five countries and five continents. These are people willing, in the face of imminent danger, to stand up, speak out, and make a difference. Other components of this project include an international traveling exhibition, an education packet developed in association with Amnesty International, a play by Ariel Dorfman, a PBS video The Kennedy Center Presents: Voices from Beyond the Dark, and a website (www.speaktruthtopower.org),

This long-awaited assessment of Louise Dahl-Wolfe (Abrams, 2000) will enable modern viewers to understand and appreciate one of the world's greatest and most influential talents in fashion photography. Her photographs embodied the style of the post-war American woman: spirited, worldly, and above all, free. This is the only available full-color monograph of her work and is accompanied by a traveling exhibition. Includes essays by Vicki Goldberg and Nan Richardson.


Of the thousands of images that emerged from the decade of war in former Yugoslavia, Ron Haviv's stand out as a uniquely profound record. The award-winning photographs in Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, depicting both the urgency and the tragedy of war, became internationally known in the pages of Time, Newsweek, Paris Match, and Stern. Chuck Sudetic, David Rieff, and Bernard Kouchner contribute essays on the history and legacy of this conflict.


In 1999, Umbrage Editions' titles included:

The Tibetans, award-winning photojournalist Steve Lehman's effort to uncover a hidden Tibeta Tibet of lumberyards and uranium mines, of brothels and discos, of demolished temples and burned-out police stations. The Tibetans won the National Press Photographers Association Book of the Year Award.

American Hollow, which profiles the Bowling family and its seven generations in Appalachia. This book was created as a companion volume to the Emmy Award-nominated 90-minute HBO documentary directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, American Hollow, and includes striking black-and-white photography also by Steve Lehman. A traveling exhibition of this work is in the third year of its itinerary.

 

Poetics of Place, the first book of Lynn Geesaman's work. A changing interplay of composition, light, and the land infuses the haunting photographs of gardens, orchards, and man-altered landscapes. Jamaica Kincaid contributes an essay to the work.