Mar­garet Kim­ball

Smithsonian Magazine - - Con­trib­u­tors -

The il­lus­tra­tor first started draw­ing maps while work­ing on a graphic me­moir be­cause she wanted to give a bird’s-eye view of the neigh­bor­hood where she grew up. She quickly re­al­ized just how pow­er­ful maps— whether per­sonal, imag­i­nary or his­tor­i­cal—can be. For “Life in the Big City” (p. 32), she combed through books and pho­to­graphs of Pe­tra to re­con­struct the site in in­tri­cate de­tail. The an­cient city, she says, feels like a “mag­i­cal se­cret in the mid­dle of the desert.”

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