National Geographic : 1992 May
On Assignment trip to Hawaii was no day at the beach for ROGER RESSMEYER, who led the GEOGRAPHIC team photographing the solar eclipse for this issue. Along with his wife, Jain, and Joe Stancampiano, the Society's senior photographic equipment expert, Roger made several dry runs atop frigid Mauna Kea during the two weeks before the eclipse. Roger, who first scouted the site for the best shots back in 1987, positioned 23 cameras, set the exposures, and orchestrated the team at totality. Pictured on Mauna Kea are, from left, text editor Tom Canby and, for pictures, Senior Assistant Editor Mary Smith; Ressmeyer; GEO GRAPHIC Editor Bill Graves; Stan campiano; and Jain Ressmeyer. Covering the war-torn, newly de clared Republic of Georgia, photog rapher TOMASZ TOMASZEWSKI (right, at left) needed his own support team. Two armed Soviet soldiers rode with him in a military vehicle as he traveled between warring factions. "Otherwise, I would have been shot," says Tomasz. He was struck in the head by a rock at a riot in the capital, Tbilisi, and, along with author ANGUS ROXBURGH, was stranded in a car for nine hours by a spring blizzard. Tomasz's luck nearly ran out when his helicopter hit power lines and crashed. Luckily, electricity had been cut two days before by an earthquake. Tomasz walked away, ROGERH. RHESMt N, SIAKLIbMJ but he says, "Of eight people on board, I think two died. There was no official report." Based in Warsaw, Tomasz photo graphed Poland's last Jews and the final days of communism in Eastern Europe for the magazine. "Georgia was exciting," he admits, "but it was the kind of adventure you don't really want to remember!" NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX 2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.