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


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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