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Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War
Title | Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War
Author | Deborah Copaken Kogan
Type | Book
Rating | 7.33
Notes | 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.
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John Stoops Photographer / Student/Intern
Junction City | OR | United States
Comments | [10/28/11] I found this book extremely compelling and had a hard time putting it down. The lone detraction however, is Kogan's desire to put the details of her sex life in the midst of some very interesting photojournalism experiences. Why? I can only guess that she thinks that's what men do, brag publicly about our sexual conquests. Perhaps fifty years ago, but in today's world any man who would put out such intimate details would be labeled a misogynistic pig.
Rating | 9

Nathan Pier Photographer / Assistant
Racine | WI | USA
Comments | [12/14/04] If there is a face to be put forward for female photojournalists and documentary photographers Kogan's isn't it, at least the one that she puts forward in this book. There is a feeling that much of the story was added just to spice things up... more appropriate for a novel found in a grocery store check out line than in a book from a professional who wants others to take them serriously. I did catch her twice as a speaker shortly after the book came out and was somewhat more impressed with the message she delivered: Not only was it vastly more professional, but a lot more reflective and calculated than the stream of conciousness style found in this book.
Rating | 4

Adam Butler Ducote Photographer / Student/Intern
Ventura | CA | U.S.A.
Comments | [11/21/04] I loved this book. All other criticism aside, this book displays something more important than proper career path or intense commitment to photojournalism. One might find a dozen of those books on a book shelf. The essential message of this book is it's natural for lofty motivation to often be eclipsed by our own needs as a human being.
Rating | 10

Yuli Wu Photographer
Ann Arbor | MI
Comments | [03/24/03] This was entertaining. I couldn't put the book down after I read the first page. This is her story about her life over seas and what type of crap she has to put up with.
Rating | 8

Jenna Isaacson Photographer
Columbia | Mo | USA
Comments | [03/06/03] The best opening scene I've ever read in a book. Definitely worth a read. But, yes, I felt like she sort of sells out in the end. Keep in mind, this is an autobiography, not a "how-to" for female photojournalists.
Rating | 7

Jason Orth Photographer
Raymond | NE | USA
Comments | [03/05/03] It's an interesting book and she gives excellent accounts of the conditions she traveled and shot under. I agree that the sex gets in the way at times. More than once I had to ask "what was she thinking?" but also understand she's very young at the time. When she finally settles down, and focuses(no pun intended) on the one man she loves, the story improves in detail and content dramatically to where it reads like a thriller. Overall, a good book.
Rating | 8

Bill Frakes Photographer
New York | NY | USA
Comments | [11/11/02] This is an excellent read. It is not a primer on photojournalism, it's her story and she tells it well.
Rating | 9

nina zhito Photographer
petaluma | CA
Comments | [11/05/02] this was an intriguing story with great potential degenerated into offensive smut that dishonors women shooters everywhere. i would have vastly preferred that kogan focus on her journalistic challenges and not on her sexploits. she mistakenly confused the two, which may account for her professional difficulties. an intriguing story with great potential that degraded into
Rating | 2

Patrick Farrington Photographer
Ft. Collins | CO | USA
Comments | [10/07/02] Enjoyable reading from a different perspective. Since women are such a minority in photojournalism, and especially war photography, it's good to hear what one of them has to say about it. I loaned it to a woman PJ friend who also enjoyed it but complained that the author spent too much time "talking about sex." One of my favorite parts is when she talks about how you can tell where photographers are from by how they're dressed.
Rating | 9

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