Book: Negative Publicity

Photojournalist Edmund Clark collaborates with counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black on a photobook on the US's war on terror

The book Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition sees the British photographer Edmund Clark and counterterrorism investigator Crofton Black collaborate to expose the hidden and often chilling mechanisms of state control in the US.

In preparation for the book, the authors obtained access to previously unseen photographs and files relating to the CIA’s “war on terror” following the events of 9/11. The resulting document that Black and Clark assembled from this material is a challenge to the legality of US-sanctioned infringements of freedom since 2001.

Edmund Clark's work as a photographer is concerned with the representation of history and politics in contemporary society. He often focuses on the themes of modern warfare and state suppression – topics that Crofton Black is also interested in, having spent several years working on analyses of counterterrorism tactics.

Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary has been co-published by Aperture and Magnum Foundation and incorporates an essay by the architect Eyal Weizman. It has been designed by Ben Weaver, art director of The Wire magazine.

The book has been produced to resemble a generic grey ring-bound work file with pages of varying sizes – appearing like a case document one might see in a court trial.