National Geographic : 1998 Oct
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OAssignment * WOMEN AND POPULATION She's Connected "They wanted to know as much about me as I did about them," says freelance photographer Karen Kasmauski (above, with camera) of the aspiring entrepreneurs she met in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The women had recently received bank loans to pur chase cellular telephones, which fellow villagers pay to use. Doing double duty for this issue-Karen also covered the human migration story-she visited nine countries over four months. Every where she went, she felt a kinship with the women she photographed. "Even though our lives are very different, I'm a wife and mother too," she says. Population, of course, is not simply a women's issue. "It's everybody's issue," says Karen. "It takes two people to start a family." * ANTARCTIC DESERT Song of the South Pole No carols rang from the tents last Christmas Eve at Cirque 6 in Antarctica. "We played Motown instead," recalls photographer Maria Stenzel, at center, grooving with grad students Beth Hartman and Sarah Mills. Next morning, "we all got comic books as gifts, but then we had to give them back. They've reused the same comics for 12 years." Outdoor stories like this one are Maria's favorites to shoot. "I never wanted to camp much as a kid," she says. "I guess I'm having my childhood now." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688. $27.00A YEAR,$5.00A COPY.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C.,AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX 63002,TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.