Max Aguilera-Hellweg Matthieu Paley Christian Ziegler Mark W Moffett Annie Griffiths Joe McNally Charles O’Rear Flip Nicklin Joe Riis Shaul Schwarz Bob Krist Stefano Unterthiner Richard Barnes Matt Moyer Jay Dickman Robin Hammond Pascal Maitre David Liittschwager Marcus Bleasdale Travis Dove Joel Sartore Martin Schoeller REZA Luciano Candisani William Albert Allard Charlie Hamilton James Melissa Farlow Brian Skerry Vincent J Musi Carsten Peter Dave Yoder Peter Menzel Bob Sacha Gerd Ludwig David Guttenfelder Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott Tommy Heinrich Aaron Huey Jack Dykinga Erika Larsen Robert Clark Peter Essick Michael Nichols Kevin Schafer Peter McBride Mark Leong Karla Gachet Tim Laman Pablo Corral Vega Stephanie Sinclair David Doubilet Ian Nichols Erlend Haarberg and Orsolya Haarberg Randy Olson Andrew Parkinson David Alan Harvey Catherine Karnow George Steinmetz Beth Wald Jonas Bendiksen Frans Lanting Lynsey Addario Fritz Hoffmann Robert W. Madden Tomas van Houtryve Klaus Nigge Ami Vitale Ira Block Gordon Wiltsie Jim Richardson Jimmy Chin Michael Yamashita Michael Melford Ed Kashi Kenneth Garrett Cory Richards Paul Nicklen Amy Toensing Mattias Klum Thomas Peschak Ivan Kashinsky Joanna B Pinneo John Stanmeyer Tyrone Turner David Burnett Nathan Benn Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg Michael Christopher Brown José Azel Stephen Ferry David McLain Dominic Nahr Mitch Dobrowner Kai Fagerstrom Mike Hettwer Stephen Alvarez Lynn Johnson Steve McCurry Steve Winter Diane Cook and Len Jenshel James Balog Norbert Rosing Carlos Villalon Greg Girard Jodi Cobb Kitra Cahana Karen Kasmauski


Kent Kobersteen, new to the Geographic in those days, was our editor on the Slovakia story in 1984,
and he was excellent.  He was even able to send us Polaroids of our more successful images while we were still in the field, and we could take them back to isolated mountain villages to surprise the folks we photographed with these much cherished offerings. Getting these pictures to us was no small feat. The Cold War was still on, and we were to learn after the collapse of Communism that the Soviets were burying ICBMs in the very hills we were working in. Many times a road that clearly existed on our maps would be barred from entry and the police would grab our passports without any explanation and return them later, ordering us to turn around and get lost. Locals would tell us us that Soviets had taken over some small towns along those roads after the Prague Spring and never left: we would often hear their artillery practices.  

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