National Geographic : 1993 Oct
On Assignment Between a rock and a hard place, Associate Editor ROBERT M. POOLE (above, at left) and free-lance photographer RICHARD OLSENIUS ate quickly while hiking near Nain, Labrador. Wind howled around the boulder where they huddled; icy mist whipped their faces. And this was July. It was Labrador's wildness that first attracted Poole, who on seven occasions had flown to the region's interior for fishing vacations. Bat tling trout provides a head-clearing break for the man responsible for all manuscripts published in the GEO GRAPHIC, both free-lance and staff. Before joining the magazine in 1989, he had been a newspaper reporter in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a political reporter in Washington, D. C., and an editor with the Society's Book Division. But fish are never far from Poole's thoughts. "I do my best fish ing at my desk," he says, contem plating battles won and lost and those to come. He looks forward to RICHARDOLSENIUS returning soon to Labrador "to store up memories against the coming winter." Richard Olsenius has not always been as lucky as he was in Labrador, where he caught a seven-pound lake trout on his first try. He once landed an internship at Look magazine the same week it ceased publication. The Minnesota native divides his time between photography and composing music, often packing a keyboard on vacations. "Music," he says, "like photography, is a way to interpret the places you've been." Afghanistan is one of the places free-lance photographer STEVE MCCURRY has been-a lot. On his 14th visit since 1979, McCurry was threatened, shot at, and arrested. One night armed robbers broke into his hotel room and locked him in the bathroom while searching unsuc cessfully for cameras he had hidden elsewhere in the hotel. Later, he and his interpreter were held up by bandits on the road to Kabul. The only shooting Steve likes to do is with a camera, so he hired armed bodyguards, here taking tea with the photographer. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W ., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.