The editors at Princeton Architectural Press felt impelled by recent crises to help people express their views on immigration, health care, civil rights and the environment. So, they sent out a call for posters. In a month, they received 800 submissions from around the world. The best 50 are presented in a large format book with tear-out pages called Posters for Change (Princeton Architectural Press; paperback, $25). These are images you have not seen before but might soon. “Some,” the editors note, are “refined, even elegant, others crude, formal, playful, or mock-authoritarian.” The anthology includes a fantastic range of styles — from all text to all image to a striking blend of both. One illustration shows a 1950s father sitting in the living room with his two children — under water: “Daddy, what did YOU do in the Climate War?” In an afterword, Avram Finkelstein, a member of the AIDS art collective Gran Fury, writes, “Physical posters in physical spaces have a power that exceeds the evanescence of Internet messaging. The poster comes for you where you live.” Proceeds from the sale of “Posters for Change” will be donated to charity.
Ron Charles is the editor of Book World and host of TotallyHipVideoBookReview.com.