Notes from the Now

Review: The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

In Books on January 31, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
The Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At first, the mix of drawn graphic novel panels and real photographs from the expedition in 1986 was jarring, but fortunately became less so as the story went on. The photographs of the Afghan mountains, the MSF expedition, and the mujahadeen (in the 80s when they were the “good guys”) were fantastic, and the tale was a grave reminder of how serious the work of groups like MSF are and how remote some parts of the world remain (and how human even the most remote remain).  There was a short piece on the damage one tiny piece of shrapnel can do that will stick with me long after I forget this book.

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