Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War

Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War

by Deborah Copaken Kogan
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Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War by Deborah Copaken Kogan

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375758683
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 676,406
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am impressed by this woman and her life, and really looking forward to more books by her. I was able to vicariously become her as she faced situations that astound me, sitting in my safe little world. She is a brave warrior and really seems to know and understand exactly who she is and why she makes the choices she does and has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was enthralled by this book. This woman has lead a thrilling life, and I felt inspired by having read the account. Well - written, as well as a glimpse into the journalist world - definitely a must read for journalism students.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the many humorous and touching stories Deborah Copake Kogan has to offer I found this book like no other Biography, Deborah really tells her life and her experiences how it was with no exceptions. The book starts out with her in her college years in Harvard, not knowing what to do with her life in tell she finds the power of Photography. So after graduating she sets of to Europe to find the perfect touch of war and herself. After reaching their she finds herself in a bus with a group of Afghani freedom fighters in Afghanistan, 1989. Once she reaches camp and finds the truth about war, her life will never be the same, She finds people lying died in the middle of the street and she can¿t sleep because troops are coming to get them. This was the way Deborah lived her life for 4 years, seeing and fighting for terrible things. But its not all bad, she finds Love with this and every turn of the page brings a new beginning with a new guy from Pascal to the man she ends up getting engaged to, its all but a breath taking story. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great cuddle up with yet a touch of adventure, Its truly touching and amazing all in one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Everyone must read this book. I truly felt like I knew the author. Loved how she attached her photos in the book because it connected the reader with the story. I was so sad when the book was coming to an end because I just wanted to read more and more!
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Heartbreaking book with comic relief. Shows you life behind the camera
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a photographer and a woman, I thank Deborah for sharing this. It has changed me, inspired me and gotten into my soul. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly couldn't put it down. An amazing story of a woman in photography. A must read for any photography enthusiast!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. She led quite a life when she was younger and has accumulated really amazing stories which she tells very well. You can also see her mature through the book. At first there is very little reflection on her part, and she gives you very little about the broader and deeper meanings and connections of the amazing things she has witnessed and taken part in. You do get the sense at times that she zips into these amazing situations, snaps her pictures, has her incredible adventures and then she zips out, and you don't get a sense of knowing what happened to the people she saw. You get pictures you can put in a scrap book but not a deeper understanding of the story around the picture. By the end of the book, however, you do get to understand the author better, although still not very much about the external world she sees. But she is a good writer and I expect her writing will improve with maturity. --One thing I really liked about the book is that, since I knew she wrote it, I knew she survived all these things that had happened to her. I was cheering for her all the way and by the end of the book, I felt I really liked her.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Shutterbabe is a quick and easy read. The prose is light and crisp--just right for those marathon sessions when you want to burn through a book in a day and a half. With considerable doses of bullets, blood and sex, 'Shutterbabe' is more exciting than enlightening. A page turner as Kogan relives her fast-paced life as a globe-trotting photojournalist and recommended for 20-somethings struggling to make the right early-career choices.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was easily the best book i've read all year! The experiences documented in Shutterbabe are so incredibly emotional and thought provoking. The book is written so that by the end, I felt very close to Ms. Kogan. I strongly recommend this book to everyone! A fantastic read that stimulates your every emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could not put this down- exciting, emotional, sentimental... recommend this to anyone- you'll most likely finish it in a couple of days- it's just that good!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. A must read for any type of man or women. This book has something in it for everyone to relate to and be touched by. This is one of the first true-life stories that has left me breathless and stunned. Not only is it touching, it is adventurous and gripping. A must read for anyone.... I'm serious, buy this book right now!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Shutterbabe' is the kind of book that inspires you to follow your dreams but at the same time (because it is a memoir) be jealous that your dreams have already been experienced by someone. However, I'm not complaining because by reading 'Shutterbabe' I got to vicariously experience all of Copaken's adventures. Copaken has not only lived an adventure-filled life but she's a good writer, too. I read this book extremely quickly & when I got to the end of it, I wished there was more to read. Another thing I liked about the book is the fact that Copaken is a feminist. Men were always trying to take advantage of her or sexually harass her or order her around, but she didn't put up with it. She was also very honest about writing about an abortion that she had and a time that she was raped. I commend her for writing about those things because it must be difficult for the entire reading public to know all those private things. I recommend anyone who likes travel, good stories, feminism, or photography to read this outstanding book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that makes you want to run out and accomplish all that you've been putting on hold. It's extremely inspirational and very gripping. From Milan to New York, I couldn't put it down. A definite must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who would allows themselves to be dropped in the middle of nowhere, with the roar of wild animals in the background? Having no idea where are which way to go! Or watch an autopsy of a Romanian child who is then thrown into a gunnysack when it is complete? I am amazed at the life Deborah has lived and how she followed a dream that so few of us would give up our SUV's and comfortable homes for. Through every type of adversity, she seemed to find a funny story to relate to the reader. Being a serious amateur photographer, I found her book engrossing and she took a bit of the glamour off the career of a photojournalist, yet showed us just how human each one of them are. This is a must read book. It is not a page turner, but a page burner....great job Deborah!