National Geographic : 1998 Sep
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OAssignment * ROMANIA A Break in the Action It was not the end of the road for photographer Alexandra Avakian-but it sure seemed that way. A surging crowd on a Danube ferry shoved her off the boat's boarding ramp. She was left dangling upside down above the river-her knee mangled in a wire cable. Alexandra's brother, Tristan, flew in from New York to bring her home. After surgery she endured seven months of grueling physical therapy before returning to Romania to finish the shoot. Fascinated by photography since age 11, Alexan dra took inspiration from her father, film director Aram Avakian. "I learned a tremendous amount from him about telling stories with images." BORNEO CAVES Dampened Enthusiasm "I got used to working in waist-deep water in Borneo," says photographer Stephen Alvarez, at far right, here checking test shots in a cave with his assistant Neeld Messier, center, and expedition cartographer Chris Andrews. Swimming in a rain swollen river there, Stephen was yanked under by fierce currents and nearly drowned. Borneo has other hazards, warns the Tennessee native. "Think of the place on your body where you'd least like to see leeches. That's just where they like to go." FREDRAYNAUD NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W, WASHINGTON,D.C . 20036-4688.$27.00A YEAR,$5.00A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,PO. BOX 63002,TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.