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The Photographer (Le Photographe #1-3)

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The Photographer Into War torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Guibert, Emmanuel. Published by First Second,2009, Binding: Paperback
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by First Second (first published 2003)
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J.G. Keely
Dec 27, 2010 J.G. Keely rated it really liked it
Non-fiction seems so easy some times. All you have to do is lead an interesting life and it's all taken care of for you: plot, characterization, twists, insights. All that remains is the compiling and editing, which is no minute task, but there is a sort of unpredictable depth in non-fiction which is hard to replicate. Many have tried, but verisimilitude is the mark of the master.

Here we have a foreigner--a Frenchman--who does not even speak the language, going on a very real modern adventure in
Sep 06, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable graphic novel, and one of my favorites that I've read. It tells the story of Didier Lefevre, a photographer who accompanies a Doctors Without Borders team into 1980s Afghanistan to set up a hospital during the Soviet-Afghan War. It's filled with interesting cultural observations and anecdotes and beautiful mountain shots. I was not overly impressed by the photography, to be honest, but I know very little about photography.

It suffers a little from being about the least interesti
Sridhar Reddy
Aug 06, 2009 Sridhar Reddy rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Based on their title alone, it makes sense as to why Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. But I have to admit I knew very little of the organization itself and the true challenges of their work. It would have been far too simplistic to say it was a group of committed doctors who traveled to different global hotspots to administer medical aid. I knew it would be far more complicated than just voluntary service, but it wasn't until I read THE PHOTOG ...more
Mar 14, 2011 htanzil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ada istilah yang mengatakan bahwa sebuah foto /gambar dapat berbicara lebih banyak daripada kata. Karenanya tak jarang sebuah foto dengan sedikit keterangan atau bahkan tanpa keterangan apapun bisa menimbulkan reaksi yang lebih fantastis dibandingkan sebuah kolom berita. Kenyataan seperti ini membuat semua media-media baik cetak maupun cyber selalu megedepankan para fotografernya dalam meliput sebuah berita atau peristiwa penting.

Didier Liever adalah seorang fotografer jurnalistik asal Perancis
Tom Tabasco
Jan 20, 2016 Tom Tabasco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A stunning work of beauty. The graphic structure is magnificent, to the point that I was often spending more than 5 minutes just looking at a single page, to absorb all the details. But also in terms of the content, this is a true modern day adventure with substance. The main charachter's ineptitude often sticks out, but in the end it's the same ineptitude that most of us westerners would display in those circumstances, and that makes it easier to get drawn into the narration and live the advent ...more
Jonathan Peto
Feb 26, 2013 Jonathan Peto rated it liked it
French photographer Didier Lefevre's first trip to Afghanistan took place in 1986, the year I graduated high school and joined the US Army. The personal connection is important to me, I guess, because my memories of that time added something to the narrative as I read. The book is a memoir of Lefevre's experience accompanying doctors who entered the war zone. Lefevre's photographs and his account of the trip, combined with panels of illustration by Emmanuel Guibert and Frederic Lemercier, make t ...more
Feb 16, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
The concept used here - part graphic novel, part photo essay - is brilliant, and I hope the model is copied by others. The bounty of a French photographer's work in 1980s Afghanistan is put together with colored artwork to complete a narrative of his adventure. The best travel writing out there tends to stand out because it's written by great writers. This is just the opposite. Didier Lefevre is no writer, but his very other-worldly experience and his excellent photography are entertainment enou ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
This is a memoir in a graphic novel format with some actual photos included taken by the author. If you need to flesh out your knowledge of Afghanistan, this seems like a good choice to have on your list of informative books to learn about that terrible country.

I'm glad to have discovered 'The Photographer' on my library shelves and I highly recommend it to folks wanting a look at Afghanistan from a travelor's viewpoint. I have the greatest respect for the Doctors Without Borders organization a
Mar 13, 2014 Malapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, comic
De vez en cuando hay libros, cómics, como este, que te emocionan, te encogen el corazón, te hacen dejar de leer durante un momento para coger fuerzas.

El cómic es la crónica del viaje del fotógrafo Didier Lefèvre a Afganitstán en los años 80 acompañando a un equipo de Médicos Sin Fronteras. Un viaje que en aquel entonces, en plena guerra civil contra el gobierno sostenido por la URSS, significaba cruzar la frontera a escondidas y tener que hacer tramos durante la noche para evitar los bombardeos
Mar 07, 2014 Zioluc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetto, reportage
Nel 1986 il fotografo Didier Lefèvre è aggregato a una missione di Medici Senza Frontiere in Afghanistan: questo è il suo diario.

Scoprire come lavorano i chirurghi nei "deserti sanitari" senza igiene né strumentazione, come vivevano e vivono gli Afghani tra le loro bellissime montagne, come lavorano i fotografi di reportage in condizioni difficili è appassionante (avvertenza: qualche immagine di persone ferite può fare davvero impressione).

Ma per me il vero interesse del libro è COME tutto ciò
Jul 11, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic example of what can be done in a non-fiction comic for adults. As the subtitle states, Didier Lefèvre traveled with Doctors without Borders to Afghanistan in the 1980s. He photographically documented their mission to bring health care to rural villages on the frontlines of the war with Russia. He also kept travel journals. The illustrator Emmanuel Guibert filled in the blanks between Lefevre's photographs with his own depictions of the events Lefevre described. I'm not entire ...more
Feb 06, 2011 Hans rated it really liked it
Books like this one have a powerful effect on me and only make me wish I had read it 10 years earlier. I found myself idly dreaming about the incredible adventure of being part of Doctors without Borders. I am still happy to have read it and for the insights I have gathered about Afghanistan from it. My wish is still that someday I will be able to be a part of something like this and write my own unique travelogue about the most barren and remote parts of the world.
Angie Fehl
May 06, 2015 Angie Fehl rated it really liked it
This is a graphic memoir which tells the story of French photojournalist Didier Lefevre, on his first major assignment documenting the work of Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan during the Cold War of the 1980s. He starts in Peshwar, Pakistan and works his way through Afghanistan, traveling primarily by foot or mule. Didier's actual photography is incorporated in between the panels of artwork, a format I had not come across before but one that really held my interest!

For those not familiar w
Dec 30, 2011 Jason rated it really liked it
I purchased this book after seeing it on a list of great graphic novels in recent years. I paid no attention to its dimensions. When it arrived in the mail, I was shocked at just how large the book was. Flipping through it, I realized the large size accommodated all the photographs in this biography. Another reason I bought this book is because I teach The Kite Runner, so I thought this book would be a nice nonfiction companion novel for any students interested in learning more about Afghanistan ...more
Jul 19, 2010 Jacki rated it it was ok
The brilliant concept (graphic novel meets photojournalism)is worthy of a glance, but ultimately this book disappoints in other vital areas.

I had to laugh when a character in the book said he pitied children learning to read in Afghanistan because the Qu'ran had such little print on such big pages, because that was my exact complaint about "The Photographer." A magnifying glass is needed for the tiny print and minuscule photographs. Perhaps color photos the same size would have been more easily
Feb 25, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
The idea of merging documentary with media that are not, by nature, documentary is one that continues to intrigue me. It's part of what made "Waltz with Bashir" so special - animation, being such a time intensive discipline, seems to be almost the polar opposite of documentary forms. Yet it was perfect for the movie, allowing it to move seamlessly between memory and fact. The Photographer pulls off a similar feat, in the graphic novel form.

The book follows a photographer, Didier Lefevre, on a D
Bill Mutch
Jul 02, 2014 Bill Mutch rated it it was amazing
Full five ambiguity whatever! This is a graphic non-fiction combining the manga like art work of Emmanuel Guilbert and the edited photographs of the late photographer Didier LeFevre describing LeFevre's odyssey from Pakistan, thru Afghanistan and back again during the conflict between the mujahideen and the Soviet Union while on assignment with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders.) Under the leadership of a phenomenal woman identified only as 'Juliette,' A large caravan ...more
Kind of a cross between a graphic memoir and a photography book -- Lefèvre was hired as a photographer for a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) mission to Afghanistan in the eighties, and some twenty years later he and some others sat down to turn the experience into this.

It's a different perspective than you might ordinarily get; Lefèvre was by definition there to observe, not to act. He's there to document the obvious -- the work that the MSF doctors do -- but also the stuff behind the magic, start
Nov 03, 2016 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Reportage in zona di guerra

Supponiamo di volere realizzare un reportage fotografico di un viaggio in Afghanistan insieme a dei medici di "Medici Senza Frontiere". Il reportage, sicuramente molto interessante, renderebbe bene l'idea dei luoghi, delle persone e delle situazioni, ma sarebbe difficile per noi cogliere le sfumature, capire a cosa le varie immagini si riferiscono, comprendere gli stati d'animo che stanno dietro queste immagini, se non con complesse e poco leggibili didascalie.

E' quell
May 26, 2011 Wordwizard rated it liked it
Extremely powerful. The photos-and-cartoons format was interesting and well-executed. Very moving--I cried a few times. What these people did was really remarkable.

On the whole, the book is very understated, part journal/photo-journal and part factual recount. It is when taken as a whole that it gets its impact.

Didier's account is very much his own--his frustrations, admiration of the doctors, his own weaknesses. He may come across as spoiled during a few scenes, but I think that serves as a goo
This is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. Like Robert speaking of the Afghans he lived and worked among, for reading this book, I feel a bit less dumb than I would've been. This book is not only a travelogue, but it is a piece of history as well. The story takes place during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and it is in that country that MSF is doing their work. Didier the photographer goes into the country not knowing a whole lot to be perfectly honest, and he grows per ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing
I bought this without realising it would contain actual photographs. I fully expected a graphic novel detailing a photographer's trip into Afghanistan. What I got was so much more enriched by the added photographs. Somehow them all being in black and white added to the whole experience. It does what it says on the tin to begin with. Didier Lefevre joins a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group going into Afghanistan as a photographer while it was at war with the Soviet Union. It uses both comic sti ...more
David Schaafsma
Feb 01, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-european, gn-bio
A 300 plus page tome of a book, told through written text, graphic memoir (by graphic novelist Guilbert) and photographs (by Didier Lefèvre) , of a photographer committed to social causes, documenting (among other things) a Doctors Without Borders mission in Afghanistan. Some "graphic" photos and drawings, as one might expect, some upsetting, but also a lot just documenting the trip. Guibert is Lefèvre's close friend, so this is a tribute to his friend as well as a look at the relationship betwe ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Josh rated it it was amazing
This is quite simply a first hand account of a naive French photographer documenting a caravan and mission into late 1980's Afghanistan, while the Soviets were still attempting to subjugate the country. This is a superb work of art that blends photography, art, and the journal notes of Dieder Lefevre on his journey. What makes the story even more compelling is that it is true - the account of one man in a new land. I will certainly be able to use this text in my courses, particularly those invol ...more
Raul Rodriguez
Mar 31, 2016 Raul Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
The Photographer was an amazing graphic novel, it is both touching and informational, its about a photographer, obviously, the captures the moments of citizens from Iraq and how they are impacted by the life of war and living conditions. A few panel's that i found interesting was on page 132-133, the mother is sitting in a corner next to her bloodied children, the girl is a teenager and the little boy is possibly two or three years old and they both are laying there barely moving. It is very int ...more
Lars Guthrie
Aug 02, 2009 Lars Guthrie rated it it was amazing
Beyond a useful addition to reading that helps in understanding what is happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan today, 'The Photographer' is a striking example of what the graphic novel (although this is not fiction and blends photography into its format) can be. Didier Lefevre was a French photographer who died of untimely heart failure at 49 in 2007. The book recounts a journey he took into Afghanistan in 1986, while the Russians were still fighting their war, with Doctors without Borders. Emman ...more
Aug 20, 2016 Prem rated it really liked it
15th Aug 2016:

An amazing read so far on the personal accounts of the photographer through the war torn Afganistan on a mission to capture the day to day life of Doctors without borders. The narration through the graphic novel interspersed with the photos taken by the author adds a whole new perspective.

20th Aug 2016:

Finished the book in my second sitting. What started as a diary, photo story of the MSF & experiences of the photographer turned into a suspense thriller at chapter 3. Chapter 2
Apr 28, 2015 Maheswaran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-nypl
Loved this.
Loved the concept of filling in the gaps of photographic story with the comic book style of writing.
Loved the narration.
Loved everything about it.

My last read was also about doctors and what they did to improve things in surgery.
And this one is a photographer following a team of doctors ( Medicine Sans Frontiers ) into war zone of 1980s Afghanistan. He has done his job well.

Must read for any non-fiction reader.
Jun 10, 2015 Anamarija rated it it was amazing
ovo je strip ceste, a putovanje njegovih Junaka nije samo fizicko (kao sto ni J u junacima nije pogresno). u odlicnom spoju fotografije i crteza kroz osobnu pricu doznajemo vise o Afganistanu, ratu i cudljivoj ljudskoj prirodi.
Feb 06, 2016 Michal rated it it was amazing
Photo and comic book about Doctors without borders in Afghanistan from a point of view of a photographer. It is amazing.
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Emmanuel Guibert has written a great many graphic novels for readers young and old, among them the Sardine in Outer Space series and The Professor’s Daughter with Joann Sfar.

In 1994, a chance encounter with an American World War II veteran named Alan Cope marked the beginning of a deep friendship and the birth of a great biographical epic.

Another of Guibert's recent works is The Photographer. Show
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