The photographer

by Guibert, Emmanuel.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Alan's War creator Emmanuel Guibert combines photos and narrative art to tell the story of photojournalist Didier Lefevre's travels in Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders.

In 1986, Afghanistan was torn apart by a war between the Soviet Union and the Mujahidin. Didier Lefevre was a photojournalist who accompanied a Doctors Without Borders team on a mission at the height of the war. In the company of an arms caravan, Lefevre and the doctors climbed across arid mountain passes to reach a tiny hut deep in the war zone, which would serve as a field hospital.

This is Didier's story, in his own words, with his own photographs. Through his camera, we witnesses humanity at every extreme--violence, despair, generosity, and heroism--against the backdrop of the vast, barren Afghan landscape. Emmanuel Guibert has combined Lefevre's unflinching photography with his own spare, expressive illustrations to achieve a visual memoir that challenges the mind and strikes at the heart.

As the consequences of that war continue to reverberate in the region, The Photographer focuses on some of its true heroes: the doctors who risk death to save lives and mend the wounds of war.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This documentary graphic novel brings together starkly beautiful black and white photographs taken by Lefevre, intimate drawings by Guibert, skillful design by Lemercier and a vibrant translation and thorough introduction by Siegel. In 1986, photographer Lefevre was hired by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF; Doctors Without Borders), to document a mission into northern Afghanistan. Along the way, he and the doctors, guides and interpreters with whom he traveled endured physical hardship and the fracas of war. In one memorable scene, the group must cross an open plateau where Russian planes fired on the previous MSF caravan. Photographs acting as panels emphasize the vast openness of the plateau, while drawings allow a glimpse of the small human gestures of the travelers. Arriving on the other side of the plateau, they reach a wooded area "where, two years ago, they buried the man who didn't make it." This revelation is punctuated by a large photograph of the burial mound under the trees, the mix of drawings and photographs heightening the emotional impact. Originally published in three volumes in France, the book has sold more than 250,000 copies there, and the reach of this magnificent work promises to extend far beyond the graphic novel community. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Lefèvre, Didier, -- 1957-2007 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Médecins sans frontières (Association) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Photojournalists -- Afghanistan -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Afghanistan -- History -- Soviet occupation, 1979-1989 -- Medical care -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :First Second,2009
Edition 1st American ed.
Other Titles Photographe.
Contributors Lefèvre, Didier, 1957-2007.
Lemercier, Frédéric.
Siegel, Alexis.
Médecins sans frontières (Association)
Language English
Notes "Into war-torn Afghanistan with Doctors without borders"--Cover.
Originally published in French in 3 volumes.
Description xi, 267 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 30 cm
ISBN 9781596433755 (pbk.)
1596433752 (pbk.)
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