Una camara
Testigo de la historia

El recorrido dominicano
De un cronista extranjero, 1951-1966

Why The Camera?

In December 1949 I had hardly stepped ashore in Port-au-Prince when thieves sneaked aboard our 95-foot, ketch-rigged Culver sailing vessel and stole my Zeiss Ikon camera. My love affair with Hispaniola began in anger as I futilely endeavored to retrieve my camera. It was a loss that changed my previous ocean-going course to the South Pacific. There I had a tentative assignment from LIFE magazine a proposed photo essay on what had become of the Pacific military bases used in World War II against Japan. My shipmates, Peter and Alex Bolton continued the voyage across the Pacific ( to be saved from starvation in mid-ocean by schools of tuna.)

My camera was lost forever but like writer Alejo Carpentier I found "marvelous reality" in Haiti. Events led to my founding a weekly English-Language newspaper, the Haiti Sun, and besides reporting, writing, and page makeup I did the photography with a new Roliflex. Later I moved on to Leica and Nikon still cameras and a Bolex hand-cranked movie camera. Today I possess only a small, inexpensive Olympia Sure-Shot. Good enough to have produced one of Time Magazine's pictures of the year-a horror scene of human loss of life and devastation from a landslide in Armero, Colombia. more

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