Last night I finished reading The Photographer
. What an original work! I think it must be the only book to combine contact sheets with illustrations in graphic novel format. Initially I was drawn to it because the protagonist is a photographer, but as it turned out photography is only a sidelight in the story. It's mainly a travelogue and cultural exposé about Afghanistan in the late 1980s when the Soviet Union was trapped in a situation very similar to the current U.S. position. Highly recommended for photographers, comics enthusiasts, and armchair geostrategists.
Hey! This sounds excellent!
A few years ago a friend and I produced a book in a slightly similar way, some of which you can see here:
Perhaps Duane Michals produced illustrations and photography in a similar, joined, manner. Not a huge step from some of his comic-strip photographic anyway.
Are you familiar with Joe Sacco's work?
Sacco is one of the best, and a former Portlander too. I don't think he, Michals, or the Love-Come-Take-Me book has done quite what The Photographer does with its mix of drawing and contacts.
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