On Abortion (2017, Dewi Lewis)

This book is part of the On Abortion project

“This heartbreaking book is a must have”

Rémi Coignet, critic

Every year, 47,000 women around the world die due to botched illegal abortions. Those who survive risk imprisonment, while millions of others are forced to carry pregnancies to term against their will. 

Control of female fertility has long been an ambition of most states, societies and religions in the world. Although safe and efficient abortion technologies now exist, at least 138 countries restrict a woman’s right to terminate pregnancy under various conditions—in some countries, abortion is forbidden even in cases of rape or threat to the mother’s life. 

From fish bladder condoms to abortion drones to anti-abortion terrorism, On Abortion gathers images, documents and testimonies about the repercussions of the lack of free, legal and safe access to abortion. Spanning centuries up to the present-day, this painstaking visual research reveals one extraordinary chapter in a history of misogyny that has been largely invis- ible until now. 

“On Abortion is about as good as it can get, and I hope that more photographers will start working along this line of photobooks. […] She establishes the new gold standard of the research-based photographic book.” 

– Jörg Colberg, CPH Magazine

“Splendid cohesion between text, ephemera,

photography and design”

Rob Hornstra, artist

Winner 2018 Paris Photo/Aperture Photobook of the Year 
Shortlisted 2019 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 
Shortlisted 2019 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award
Shortlisted 2018 Rencontres d’Arles Photo-text Book Award
Nominated 2018 Kassel Photobook Award 2018 
Honorary Mention Photo España best book 2018

196 pages, 114 colour and duotone plates
245mm x 188mm
ISBN: 978-1-911306-24-5
Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing
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