DICKEY CHAPELLE (GEORGETTE LOUISE MEYER) #100travelHERS
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Birth: March 14, 1919; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Death: November 4, 1965; south of Chu Lai, Vietnam (first female American reporter killed on a battlefield)
Occupation: Stunt pilot, photographer, war correspondent
Notable journeys: Began career in 1941 by moving to Panama as a photographer to follow her then-husband, a sailor. Eventually embedded with the Marines at Iwo Jima and Okinawa during WWII. Later covered the Korean War, the uprising in Hungary, and the Vietnam War, where she was killed by shrapnel.
Notable work: Large collection of photos; What’s a Woman Doing Here? A Combat Reporter’s Report on Herself
Quote: “If you were a real photographer, you were on the spot where things happened beforehand. You practiced judging the intensity of light till your fingers automatically went to the aperture and shutter controls of your camera every time a cloud came across the face of the sun. You practiced judging distance until you unthinkingly rolled your focusing knob if someone walked across the room. And you practiced guessing the speed of a passing object so you could stop its motion in a picture … till you set your shutter at the right speed from the sound, not the sight. In short, you became a picture-making machine, and could give all your conscious effort to deciding what was worth recording on film.”