Character Study: Vivienne Pink

August 11, 2016

Death Valley is a hallucinogenic romp by Susan Perly (Wolsak & Wynn), following legendary war photographer Vivienne Pink on her latest assignment: she has five days to photograph servicemen about to deploy for active combat. Along for the ride are her husband and her best friend, but this is really Vivenne's story: she heads out into the Nevada desert in search of adrenaline, vengeance and the perfect shot.

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Death Valley is a hallucinogenic romp by Susan Perly (Wolsak & Wynn), following legendary war photographer Vivienne Pink on her latest assignment: she has five days to photograph servicemen about to deploy for active combat. Along for the ride are her husband and her best friend, but this is really Vivenne's story: she heads out into the Nevada desert in search of adrenaline, vengeance and the perfect shot.

 

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You know her to see her: five-foot-four, one hundred thirty pounds, pixie-cut red hair, signature pink leather jacket – the one she got in Argentina during the Dirty War, when her would-be kidnappers absconded with the brown suede one (but not their actual target). Almost certainly, she has her camera in her hand. Vivienne Pink, legendary war photographer. Baby Pink to the boys in Vietnam, where she found her calling as a teenager, watching from behind the lens as Buddhist monks self-immolated. Vivi to her husband, the novelist Johnny Coma, who begs her to stay out of current war zones, live a quieter life. Queen Moxie to the aunt who encouraged her to follow that moxie, use her toughness – and boy, does she.

Follow Vivienne on her latest assignment, photographing servicemen about to go to war (and seeking a little personal revenge) in the nuclear testing grounds of Death Valley.

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Thank you to Wolsak & Wynn, especially Emily, for sharing this very memorable character with us!

 


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