National Geographic : 1983 Nov
On Assignment TO CAPTURE the spirit of an American folk art, the wildfowl decoy, photogra pher Kenneth Garrett (above) spent three winters in frigid waters. "To show each decoy in the bird's natural habitat," he says, "I spent a lot of cold days living like a duck." Garrett and author George Reiger, conser vation editor for Field & Stream magazine and a decoy expert, discovered a darker side to the art-thieves attracted by rising prices. "Some collectors wouldn't allow photo graphs," Garrett says, "afraid of losing their insurance if decoy pictures were published." A University of Virginia graduate, Garrett has photographed subjects in Mexico, Colom bia, South Africa, and Alaska. WILLIAMH. BOND (ABOVE) BY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERJOSEPH H. BAILEY;HERBKAWAINUIKANEBY DAVIDHISER; STAMPS © U. S. POSTALSERVICE One of the things we are proudest of is the quality of the art that illuminates our pages. This year two of our artists were chosen by the U. S. Postal Service to create commemorative stamps, to be issued in 1984 for the 25th statehood anniversa ries of Alaska and Hawaii. The public's first look at the Ha waii stamp is on this page. It was painted by Herb Kane, a native Hawaiian, whose spectacular historical paintings are featured in this issue. Staff artist Bill Bond, who has contrib uted to almost every issue of the GEOGRAPHIC for the past 17 years, designed the Alaska stamp.