National Geographic : 1996 Feb
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * IRIANJAYA U THAILAND Not on the Menu: Neck and Neck George du Jour "THEY CALLED ME Long Pig in Irian Jaya," remembers six foot-two-inch freelance photog rapher GEORGE STEINMETZ, who joined a group of Yali tribesmen-wearing rattan hoops and modesty gourds after a church service in the vil lage of Walley. "But that's what they call anyone who looks tasty. The Yali were cannibals before their conversion to Chris tianity about 20 years ago." George underwent a conver sion of his own around that time. "Before I got my degree in geophysics at Stanford Universi ty," says the Los Angeles native, "I dropped out for a while to hitchhike around Africa. I found I was taking a lot of photo graphs-the kind I'd always seen in the GEOGRAPHIC. Then I finally realized that I didn't want to be a geophysicist!" BUYING A SCARF woven by a Padaung woman was as far as staff pho tographer JODI COBB would go for neck accessories while shooting in northern Thailand. "Unfortunately the neck-ring deformities have become a tourist attraction," says Jodi. "I'm fascinated by notions of feminine beauty held by different cultures. Photography is a good way to point them out." And Jodi has-in her articles and in a 1995 book she photographed and wrote: Geisha (Alfred A. Knopf). NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON, D. C.20036-4688. $25.00 AYEAR,$3.00 ACOPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D. C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O.BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20013.