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Didier Lefèvre

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Didier Lefèvre
Born19 December 1957
Died29 January 2007(2007-01-29) (aged 49)
Known forPhotography
Notable workThe Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

Didier Lefèvre (1957–2007) was a French photojournalist.[1] His photos have appeared in many French magazines, including L'Express and Éditions Ouest France [fr].[2] He was best known for co-authoring with Emmanuel Guibert the book The Photographer, which told the story of his travels with a Médecins Sans Frontières mission during the Soviet–Afghan War.[3]

Lefèvre shot more than 4,000 photos on his 1986 MSF mission. He suffered from chronic furunculosis; he lost fourteen teeth after the MSF mission as a consequence of malnutrition, exhaustion, and stress from his experiences. Nonetheless, Lefèvre returned to Afghanistan seven more times later in life.[4]

Lefèvre was trained as a pharmacist.[5] He died from heart failure on 29 January 2007 at the age of 49.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Didier Lefevre est mort". Le Nouvel Observateur (in French). 30 January 2007. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Didier Lefèvre". Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ Watson, Sasha (31 May 2009). "'The Photographer' by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre and Frédéric Lemercier". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ Wolk, Douglas. "Book Review: 'The Photographer' By Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefèvre and Frédéric Lemercier," The Washington Post (31 May 2009)
  5. ^ Thierry Lefebvre, " Mort d'un pharmacien photographe " (in French), Revue d'histoire de la pharmacie, vol. 95, n o 357, 2008, p. 85-86 .