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Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and Warby Deborah Copaken Kogan
Synopses & Reviews
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 assignment 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 surprisingly 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.
"Although her publisher compares her to Christiane Amanpour, readers may find more similarities with Candace Bushnell in these episodic vignettes describing both her far-flung assignments and intimate relationships with colleagues....Kogan's swiftly paced story easily holds the reader's interest..." Publishers Weekly
"[A] fascinating glimpse into the danger and excitement of observing wars and riots....Her travels from Afghanistan to Romania reveal a life of excitement, danger, and self-awareness that is hard to put down." Library Journal
"Alas, Shutterbabe is...a self-aggrandizing story of the lusts and yearnings of a bored, post-feminist bad girl with a hankering to 'see war.' Shutterbabe is not about war, nor is it about photojournalism. It's about sex — or, rather, sex as sport, an integral part of boys-club culture that Kogan, a Harvard graduate, embraces as just as much her privilege as theirs....Not only is the blasé tone she strikes...embarrassing, it's disrespectful to those of us who take ourselves, and our careers [as photojournalists], seriously....If anything, Shutterbabe only reinforces the myth that women have worked hard to dispel: that we use our sexuality for access or entree because we lack the basic skills to do it on our own." Janet Reitman, Salon.com
"Shutterbabe zooms in on passionate self-discovery." USA Today
"A candid account of one woman?s attempt to claim the spoils of the American feminist revolution under trying circumstances: alone, abroad, practicing an art that fosters machismo and thrusts her into the midst of the most paternalistic cultures in the world." Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Deborah Copaken Kogan worked as a photojournalist from 1988 to 1992, and her photographs appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, L'Express, Liberation, and Géo, among many other international newspapers and magazines. She spent the next six years in TV journalism, most recently as a producer for Dateline NBC. She lives in New York with her husband and two children.
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