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The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert
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May 31, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, comics, non-fiction

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 entirely sure whether Lefevre served as the firsthand source of those anecdotes or whether they arrived via his wife and friends, since he passed away a couple of years ago and his travel journal was lost even before that. Regardless, the combination of photos, story, and comic panels is a potent one. While many photos speak for themselves, others are better served by explanation. I found Lefevre's actions selfish at time, but this is comic-as-memoir, and doesn't pretty up the portrait of the photographer any more than it does the depictions of war wounded children. Powerful stuff.
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Reading Progress

May 31, 2009 – Shelved
June 18, 2011 – Started Reading
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: non-fiction
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: comics
July 11, 2011 – Shelved as: memoir
July 11, 2011 – Finished Reading

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