National Geographic : 1987 Oct
On Assignment HE VEIL OF SECRECY surrounding women in Saudi Arabia provided the challenge of her career, says staff photographer Jodi Cobb (above). Among other prob lems, Jodi had to work around the Saudi custom forbidding women from having their pic tures taken. Subjects fled from her camera and passersby in terfered. "It was very rare that I could take a picture," Jodi recalls. "I couldn't have done it without the help of some very courageous women." One key to her coverage was working with author Mari anne Alireza. Marianne had met a young Saudi, a member of a prominent family, study ing in her native California. They married, moved to Ara bia in 1945, and started a fam ily before divorcing in 1958. But 13 years in the harem gave Marianne lasting ties to the Saudis-and an insider's view of Arabian women. "It may not look like much to the 'lib erated' Western eye," she says. "But women are doing things now that were unimaginable in my day." D BEHIND the traffic-stopping nose-a sculpture called "Face Fragment"-the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia researches the sense of smell. These data have been augmented by our Smell Survey, developed by Dr. Avery N. GiZbert, left, and Dr. Charles J. Wysocki. Avery's graduate work in ani mal mating introduced him to the role of scent in behavior. Chuck specializes in chemical communication and individual differences in odor perception, as exemplified by sample one on the survey. Chuck could smell it; Avery could not.