What: Exhibit, THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
When: April 23 – May 19, 2009
Where: VII Gallery, 28 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
(Three blocks west of the York Street F-Train station.)
Gallery Times: Monday – Friday 10AM – 6PM
Saturday & Sunday 12PM – 6PM
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and First Second Books are pleased to present a unique exhibit featuring photos and illustrations from the graphic novel THE PHOTOGRAPHER. In 1986, photojournalist Didier Lefèvre documented one of the clandestine cross-border humanitarian missions undertaken by MSF to assist Afghans trapped in areas hardest hit by the Soviet invasion. Dodging Soviet aircraft and navigating treacherous terrain, Lefèvre’s journey nearly cost him his life. He collaborated with acclaimed illustrator Emmanuel Gilbert and graphic designer Frédéric Lemercier to bring this story to life in THE PHOTOGRAPHER. This exhibit offers a taste of the book that combines the late Lefèvre’s dramatic images and Guibert’s stunning artwork to bear witness to the hardships endured by the Afghan people throughout this conflict – and to the present day.
“The Photographer is a work of stunning originality and power. It seamlessly blends personal storytelling, photography and illustration to reveal the essential work of Doctors Without Borders and the independent humanitarian medicine its staff practiced at the height of the Soviet-Afghan conflict. Few journalists understood the importance of Afghanistan back in the day – perhaps few still do – and it is to Didier Lefèvre’s immense credit that he risked his life to bring that story to light”. – Sebastian Junger, Author of The Perfect Storm
Why you want to go: VII is at the forefront of serious journalism and a name that will continue to come up. Learn from the best and see real life examples of photography works that are spot on the subjects they cover. Especially intriguing to me is the relationship between graphics and photography as indicated on the cover.
Note: It is also available as a book.