National Geographic : 2000 Nov
ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY Final Edit LIBYA Uncovering a Culture An irresistible sight for photographer Reza, nearly a dozen shrouded women, each showing only a single eye, gathered against a flamboyant tent wall to attend a festival in the mountain town of Kabaw. "Because it was a public place, it was a rare chance to photograph women whose Islamic tradition insists that men shouldn't look at women," says Reza. Of the thousands of images Reza shot during his 14 weeks in Libya, "this was one of 20 or so that bubbled to the top," says illustrations editor Bert Fox. "I responded to the patterns, shapes, and colors. It had a lot of punch." Eventually Fox and designer Robert Gray chose a different, more intimate look at extreme modesty: the picture of a cloaked woman alone at the Tripoli airport (pages 4-5). "We decided to go for a theme of solitude and isolation," Fox said. "But both tell an emotional story" NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * NOVEMBER 2000 You can send this picture as an electronic greeting card at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/finaledit/0011.