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[[Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre, and Frederic Lemercier, 2009->1986]] At the end of July 1986, Didier Lefèvre left Paris for Afghanistan. He barely returned to tell the tale. It was his first major assignment as a photojournalist, documenting a Doctors Without Borders [[(MSF = Médecins Sans Frontières)]] mission. Camera in hand, Lefèvre traveled with a band of doctors and nurses into the heart of Northern Afghanistan, where the war between the Soviet Union and the Afghan Mujahideen was raging.
The mission affected Lefevre as profoundly as the war affected contemporary history. His photographs, paired with the art of Emmanuel Guibert, tell the story of an arduous journey undertaken by men and women intent on mending what others destroy.
[[The Journey Out]]
[[MSF in Action]]
With limited supplies and sub-standard conditions, the doctors do what they can. A few were dropped off to start a secondary location. Many of them are return workers or plan to return.
Photographs of: consultations, a Baba holding his grandchild, the "hospital", burn injuries and the medical procedures, war wounds from fighting and accidents, one man loses an eye, coded messages written on fabric, more procedures and waiting family members, bombing victims - families MSF cannot help, people who come and go, and friends made.
[[The Journey Out]]
[[The Photographer]] July 1986- Lefevre meets the MSF team, works with the others, preparing supplies that they will take to the outpost, learns local salutations, and dresses in the local style. They travel with arms dealers for protection and hide from Russian helicopters - the soldiers will shoot at those crossing borders. He repeatedly wears through his "high-quality" boots on the rocky terrain.
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[[MSF in Action]]
[[The Photographer]] After a month they arrive at Yaftal. Medical treatment begins immediately. They see everything from gunshot or other war wounds (including from bombings) to blindess, burns, childbirth, and everyday injuries. And death.
Lefevre's camera captures their pained bodies on film.
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Homesick, Lefèvre leaves his employers early and hires escorts to guide him back to Pakistan. They are untrustworthy and get lost. Others extort money. He finally makes it back to Peshwar, sick, worn, and emaciated, only one day ahead of the MSF group.
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"An unflinching and gripping photographic memoir, The Photographer takes you on a breathtaking journey through the best and worst humanity has to offer in times of war. Turning its pages, the reader begins to understand what it means to lose everything as a refugee of war, to cross mountains to help someone you never met, to feel the intense responsibility of being the only one able to capture the last moments of a child's stolen life. Suddenly Afghanistan, a distant land, a foreign culture, a courageous and resilient people seem closer, more familiar—more human. I love this book."
—Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador