National Geographic : 1997 May
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OCAssignment * LA SALLE'S LAST VOYAGE Belle in Matagorda Bay, Texas Bare Bones Assignment (above). This crew member's skeleton-sprawled in the rope 'I only paid attention in art rigging where he died-was class," admits Kansas-born pho- found on Halloween. "That ship tographer Robert Clark, but he went down 300 years ago," says boned up on history before Robert. "But look at that poor shooting the excavation of guy lying there today, and you French explorer La Salle's ship know just how he felt." KISHOR ROY CHOWDHURY * INDIA His Indian Summer "It's the fastest way to get down those narrow alleys," says photographer Steve McCurry of Calcutta ricksha rides. "The best pictures are often in the hardest-to-reach places." To cover India after 50 years of independence, Steve spent four months and made some 40 air plane flights, visiting nearly all the country's 25 states and 7 union territories. "India is my favorite place in the world to work," says Steve. Naturally. He began his freelance career there in 1978 and lived in the country for two years. He has visited at least 30 times since moving back to the United States. "It's so beautiful in India, so culturally diverse. There's always something you've never seen before. That's the greatest thing for a photographer." When not on assignment, Steve makes his home in New York City. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON,D.C . 20036-4688. $25.00 A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON,D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX 63002, TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002. "