The Tools of the Trade

As photographers, we adapt continuously, using what is available to us, even if it means, as it often has, concocting some sort of Rube Goldberg, spit-and-glue, seat-of-the-pants, wing-and-a-prayer type of arrangement. When the US Marines permitted me to put a Norman 200B flash up in the interior roof supports of the gas chamber, it was an allowance based on a necessary request. I was shooting Kodachrome for National Geographic, and Kodachrome generally liked some measure of light, which was desperately unavailable inside that cinder block house of gas.

I was wearing a full protection suit and, of course, a gas mask. ...

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