Portrait of a rebel

New book tells story of Dickey Chapelle, first female war correspondent killed in action

Dickey Chapelle, an award-winning photojournalist in her time and the first female war correspondent to be killed in action, has been largely forgotten by history, overshadowed by better-known journalists who covered the war in Vietnam — most of them men. Twenty-four years ago, author John Garofalo discovered a 40,000-item archive of Chapelle’s photographs wasting away in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society and embarked on a project to make her work more accessible to the public. His completed book, Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: Photographs by the First American Female War Correspondent Killed in Action, tells the story of a woman who began a career in war reporting at age 23 in Panama and went on to photograph many of the 21st Century’s most devastating conflicts. “A tiny woman known for her refusal to kowtow to authority,” Chapelle took photos of Fidel Castro in the jungles of Cuba, documented American troops at Iwo Jima, was imprisoned for seven weeks during the Hungarian revolution, parachuted into Korea, and snuck into Algeria to tell the rebels’ side of the story in their war with France. “You can do anything you want to do,” said Chapelle, “if you want to do it so badly you’ll give up everything else to do it.”

Read the full story at Hyperallergic.

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