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Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
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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.
Through the lens of photojournalist Didier Lefèvre and the artwork of acclaimed graphic novelist Emmanuel Guibert, we bear witness to the atrocities and dangers of war in Afghanistan during a time unknown to many today. Lefèvre accompanied MSF and details the operation undertaken by aid workers dedicated to providing emergency medical assistance to those trapped by the war.
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.
Lefèvre died of a heart attack in 2007, at the age of 49, just as his work was starting to reach a wider audience.