National Geographic : 1996 Dec
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignr * BERLIN Wrapped Up in His Work "NO, CHRISTO DIDN'T TIE ME UP!" laughs photographer Gerd Ludwig, speaking of the artist who in the summer of 1995 wrapped Berlin's Reichstag in shiny fabric as a temporary work of art. "If he had, I'd be very valuable and hanging in a museum right now." Instead a vendor on the Reichstag lawn similarly swad died tourists, then took souvenir photos. "I had my seven-year-old son, Max, wrapped, and he looked so cute I thought I'd do it myself. There was magic in the air. Christo's art project really did change Berlin," says Gerd, a German who now lives in Los Angeles. "After the Wall came down, people still asked, 'Are you an Ossi? Are you a Wessi?' East or West German nationality still mattered. But after Christo, we were all just Berliners who had seen something wonderful. We were together." a SHENANDOAH Wading for the Perfect Shot "THEY WEREN'T VERY RAPID RAPIDS," explains photographer Vince Musi, up to his knees in his subject on the Shenan doah's South Fork. Shooting wasn't so easy; last January heavy snows and flooding kept Vince in Luray, Virginia, for ten days. "I helped stranded motorists and ate hot dogs all week," he says. When the weather cleared, Vince got back to work, eventually canoeing almost the entire length of the Shenandoah-"and never once falling in." Vince, a Penn sylvania native, was a sports photographer at the Pittsburgh Press before moving to Washington in 1993. NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358) ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W .,WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688. $25.00 A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D.C.20013.