The Hazards of Being a Geographic Photographer

A shepherd wears a felted wool cloak marked with the Turkish crescent. Photo by David Boyer.

Going through some old newsletters by former Director of Photography, Bob Gilka, I came across this anecdote about photographer Dave Boyer. In 1964, he was in Turkey photographing an expedition searching for the tomb of Antiochus I. Boyer was running ahead of the expedition’s leader, Theresa Goell, when he slipped and heard his ankle snap.

“Native treatment followed. A mule driver attempted to set the injured bone. Kurdish tribesmen bathed the member in hot water, then wrapped it in goat’s hair, heated in a frying pan with butter. The foot did not respond to this medication…”

Nevertheless, the intrepid Boyer kept up his photo assignment, not visiting an orthopedic surgeon until some weeks later.

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