National Geographic : 1988 Jan
On Assignment THREE YEARS in the making, an article and movie about the Galapagos Islands required patience and ingenuity by DIETER and MARY PLAGE. With an underwater camera Dieter filmed the intriguing behavior of flightless cormo rants (right), endemic to the islands. For bird's-eye views of the archipelago, the nature pho tographers flew a 48-horsepower ultralight floatplane weighing just 324 pounds. They earlier had recorded wildlife in Asia and Africa and are now filming the natural history of the Colo rado River. MA-tGORZATANIEZABITOWSKA IMMERSED IN AMERICANA, Polish photographer TOMASZ TOMASZEWSKI (above) dressed as Uncle Sam in New York City, and in Jackson, Wyoming, his wife, writer MALGORZATA NIEZABITOWSKA, and daughter, Maryna (right), portrayed fron tier belles. Editor Wilbur Gar rett had given them free rein and three months-to explore America for this issue. Sensitive listeners, the couple elicited frank opinions from a range of citizens and created an extraor dinary people-portrait of the nation. At home in Warsaw, the family hopes to combine the best of the two cultures. PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING WILLIAM H. GOETZMANN (cen ter) had a different assignment: Discover America in the 1880s, when the Society was born. The University of Texas professor drew on his own research in books, diaries, and newspapers for telling anecdotes. He shared his collection of explorer cards, onetime giveaways with ciga rettes, with artist FRED OTNES (above), who created the accom panying collages. Otnes used ev erything from old photographs to the cultural ephemera stashed in drawers in his Connecticut home. His work has appeared in leading magazines for 20 years.