National Geographic : 1995 Aug
ReeltoReal By CATHY NEWMAN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SENIOR WRITER So there's this guy Robert Kincaid. Photographer. Drives a pickup truck. Plays guitar. Doesn't eat meat but smokes Camels. Goes out to Iowa to shoot the covered bridges of Madison County for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine. Romances a farmer's wife. Loves her. Leaves her. An off-the-charts best-seller. Nine million sold and still counting. Now it's a movie with Clint Eastwood as Kincaid. Is that how it is with our photogra phers on assignment? Hardly. When hundreds of our readers wrote to ask when we published that story on the covered bridges, we had to say we didn't. (We have done the Brooklyn Bridge.) But The Bridges of Madison Coun ty? Pure fiction. All make-believe, especially the part about getting the assignment. Clint Eastwood squeezes off a frame as fictitious GEOGRAPHIC photographer Robert Kincaid in the film The Bridges of Madison County; authentic shooter Dave Harvey works a parade in Spain.