National Geographic : 1992 Aug
On Assignment ree-lancer ED KASHI tries to capture the most dramatic moment in any encounter. Photographing embattled Kurds from Damascus to Duisseldorf, his first assignment for the GEOGRAPHIC, offered such opportunities-and some risk. For weeks Ed traveled in northern Iraq with these well-armed peshmergaguerrillas guarding against Saddam Hussein's forces. The real picture was not always where he expected. Ed accompa nied a Kurdish human-rights lawyer for several days on risky travels in southeastern Turkey. At a federal "terrorist court" in Diyarbakir, Ed made frame after frame of the law yer defending his client, but the angle was wrong. Then he turned around and snapped a single frame of the defendant (pages 50-51). With that, the judge made him sit down and put his camera away. Taking chances is nothing new to the San Francisco-based photojour nalist. Ed spent more than two years in strife-torn Northern Ireland, which yielded photo exhibits along with the publication No Surrender: The Protestants.He is now back in the Middle East looking at its water problems for a future GEOGRAPHIC. To spend time with an army near Xian in China-one with soldiers two feet tall and 2,100 years old Lou MAZZATENTA literally went underground last year. Working in pits 20 feet deep, Lou (below, with remains of ceramic oxen) became the first Western journalist to photograph the miniatures in the tomb of the Han ruler Jing Di. The excavators made him feel welcome, and the terra-cotta statues themselves created a social air. "As I photographed the soldiers coming out of the ground, they seemed like real people," he marvels. "Their human expressions made them look as if they were thinking, 'Hey, what took you so long to find us?' " The Jing Di excavation marks Lou's fifth archaeological story in his 29-year GEOGRAPHIC career. A senior assistant editor in charge of magazine scheduling, he has photo graphed the Appian Way, Hercula neum, Etruscan civilization, and Egypt's Ramses the Great. "What fascinates me about archaeology," he says, "is that it is ancient history made new. Things are revealed for the first time, and you feel your work is more impor tant for that." For his next story Lou will go even deeper into the past, photographing invertebrate fossils 550 million years old. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,17THANDM STS. N.W., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O . BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.