National Geographic : 1999 Dec
"Every creature has a right to be portrayed Through his 12-foot-long camera David Fairchild (above) met familiar bugs head-on at 20 times life-size and called them "The Monsters of Our Back Yards" (May 1913). Mark Moffett's regal por trait of a long-horned beetle (right, March 1998) recalls Fairchild's bug's-eye view. To record a jumping spider's mighty one-inch leap from twig to twig (below, September 1991), Moffett needed an ultra-high-speed strobe and days in the studio watching for the merest hint of takeoff. "By the time Mark got the shot," says chief photoengineer Larry Maurer, "he knew that spider personally."