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Shutterbabe

Shutterbabe: adventures in love and war
Deborah Copaken Kogan
New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002
TR140.K64 A3 2002

Fresh out of college and passionate about photography, Deborah Copaken Kogan moved to Paris in 1988 and began knocking on photo agency doors, begging to be given a photojournalism assignment. Within weeks she was on the back of a truck in Afghanistan, the only woman–and the only journalist–in a convoy of mujahideen, the rebel "freedom fighters" at the time. She had traveled there with a handsome but dangerously unpredictable Frenchman, and the interwoven stories of their relationship and the assingment set the pace for Shutterbabe's six chapters, each covering a different corner of the globe, each linked to a man in Kogan's life at the time.

From Zimbabwe to Romania, from Russia to Haiti, Kogan takes her readers on a heartbreaking yet suprisingly hilarious journey through a mine-strewn decade, seamlessly blending her personal battles–sexism, battery, life-threatening danger–with the historical ones–wars, revolution, unfathomable suffering–it was her job to record.

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