National Geographic : 1991 Jun
On Assignment N oted war photographer JAMES NACHTWEY turns to man's violence against nature for the article about East European pollution in this issue. Crisscrossing the region for five months, Jim graphically recorded the toll in Copra Mica, Romania, where a factory that makes carbon black for tires coats everything with soot-including photographers. "Just sitting still leaves you cov ered in black," says Jim, who posed with workers at the plant (right). "Even the eyepiece of my camera blackened my eye with soot, as if a practical joker had inked it up." East Europeans react to their plight with what Jim calls "the shrug." He explains: "It's a unique ly expressive, full-bodied shrug that declares, 'What can we do?' " Jim taught himself photography at age 24, pursued it as "the only real job I've ever had," and has since be come the only four-time Magazine Photographer of the Year. He's also earned the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal for "ex ceptional courage and enterprise" three times. Eight years of battle field images are featured in his book Deeds of War. Jim's previous GEO GRAPHIC assignments include stories on Guatemala and Nicaragua. The battle over western water engaged author JIM CARRIER (bot tom, front), who took a much needed break by leading fellow river runners down rapids of the Little Colorado. This relatively untouched tributary stands in sharp contrast to what Carrier, a native New Yorker on his first GEOGRAPHIC assignment, found along the greater Colorado. "In the East you don't have to think about water much. It's just there. It was startling and somewhat sad to come West and find rivers drained out of their riverbeds." A journalist for 25 years, Carrier has spent the past six as the Denver Post's "Rocky Mountain Ranger," roaming the West and reporting on such diverse topics as racism in Idaho and murder in New Mexico. PHOTOGRAPHBY JIM RICHARDSON NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,17THANDM STS.N.W., WASHINGTON,D.C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX 2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.