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Al Ahmadi, Kuwait, 1991

I photographed the first Gulf War for National Geographic. My main emphasis was on this environmental and ecological disaster created by over 600 oil wells which have been fired by Saddam Hussein. As I drove into these oil fields on a bright sunny day, the sky went completely black and even though it was noon, you were going into this oil field and it was like going into a dark night. You couldn’t see, all you could rely on was the fire from these oil wells and your headlights, and I had to actually use a tripod often because it was so dark. I was shooting at a quarter 1/2 of a second. The main danger of this photograph was that there were landmines laid literally all over Kuwait, and I was worried as we were chasing these camels that we would drive over one of these mines.

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