Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 152

The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

by Emmanuel Guibert, photography by Didier Lefèvre, with Lemercier (colourist) and Alexis Siegel (translation)
Genre notes: journalism, humanitariansim, the Middle East
288 pages
ISBN: 1596433752 (Amazon)

In producing The Photographer, Emmanuel Guibert intersperses his own evocative cartooning with the actual photography of his subject, Doctors Without Borders photographer Didier Lefèvre. It's a fascinating juxtaposition and not one I would have thought of on my own. The couple times I've encountered photos in comics, I've found them disorienting and cheapening. But in the case of The Photographer, the photos are so deeply ingrained in Guibert's narrative of a humanitarian trip into mid-'80s Afghanistan that they deeply enrich the experience. My only complaint about the book is that Lefèvre himself is kind of a prick, but that's journalism for you.

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