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New to the Athenaeum’s YA Corner is The Photographer, a graphic novel combining photographs taken by the late Didier Lefèvre and art by acclaimed French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert. From the Doctors Without Borders website:
The Photographer combines art and photography to tell the powerful story of the clandestine operations that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ran to assist Afghan people after the Soviet invasion in 1979
…The Photographer begins in 1986 in Peshawar, Pakistan, where Lefèvre and the MSF team prepare to cross into Afghanistan on donkey and horseback, while dodging Soviet bombers. Through Lefèvre’s eyes and camera, we see the brutality and complexity of a war-torn nation, and gain a deeper understanding of the suffering that the Afghan people have endured for more than 30 years.
In this rare collaboration, The Photographer conveys a depth of honesty and commitment to the value of human life, while providing powerful images of a country still embroiled in conflict to the present day.
You can learn more about this book and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières at the link. Look for The Photographer on our YA corner’s Graphic Novel shelf.