Book Review: Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

0 Photographs by the First American Female War Corresepondant Killed in Action
March 8, 2016 at 11:38 am  •  Posted in Book Reviews, Inspiration by  •  0 Comments

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Corresepondant Killed in Action
by John Garofolo
Wisconsin Historical Society Press, $33, 135 pages, hard cover

In 1941, Georgette “Dickey” Chapelle began her career as a war correspondant. She was one of the best of her generation—and one of the few women. A true trail blazer for female war photojournalists, she worked all over the world: Iwo Jima and Okinawa during World War II, Europe during the post-war construction, Korea, India, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Cuba and more. Her work was featured in National Geographic, Look, Life and many other publications. In 1965, Chapelle was killed by shrapnel in Vietnam; she was the first female correspondent from the United States killed in action.

From the book Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Wisconsin Historical Images collections, WHi Image ID#1942. This photo was Chapelle’s favourite photo of herself taken while working by Marine Master Sergeant Lew Lowry.

From the book Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Wisconsin Historical Images collections, WHi Image ID#1942. This photo was Chapelle’s favourite photo of herself taken while working by Marine Master Sergeant Lew Lowry.

Dickey Chapelle said (as cited by Roberta Ostroff in Fire in the Wind, and quoted in Dickey Chapelle Under Fire), “I believed that I could do anything I really wanted to do and I still believe it…. But I am going to condition it. You can do anything you want to do if you want to do it so badly you’ll give up everything else to do it.”

From the book Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Wisconsin Historical Images collections, WHi Image ID#85331.

From the book Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Wisconsin Historical Images collections, WHi Image ID#85331.

Chapelle’s courage and unflagging determination are an example for all, and, thankfully, John Garofolo’s Dickey Chapelle Under Fire brings her little-known story and work into the light. Garofolo has studied her work for over 20 years, and this book is a wonderful (and needed) step in recognizing Chapelle’s contribution to photojournalism.

From the book Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Wisconsin Historical Images collections, WHi Image ID#115195.

From the book Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, Wisconsin Historical Images collections, WHi Image ID#115195.

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