National Geographic : 1999 May
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Assignment * CASPIAN SEA Facing a Sea Change While shooting Azerbaijani sailors in a chemical weapons defense drill, Reza (above, with camera) recalls, "Their commander said to me, 'Do you want me to bring out some real chemicals?'" Reza swiftly declined. The Iranian-born photographer grew up vacationing on the Caspian's southern shores but has lived in exile in Paris for 18 years. "In Persian there is a word, darya, which translates as 'sea' but also means something that is complex and multifaceted. The Caspian is, in both senses of the word, darya." MARKW. MOFFETT NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W., WASHINGTON,D.C . 20036-4688. $27.00A YEARFOR U.S .DELIVERY,$5.00PERSINGLECOPY(INCLUDESPOSTAGEAND HANDLING).PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON,D.C., AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX63002,TAMPA, FLORIDA33663-3002.