BEHIND THE FEATURE
What didn't fit in the front-page article? What was it like to be there, to be them? From the journalists themselves, here are the stories behind our favorite stories.
There were times when [Sean Spicer] would call me and yell at me. Now in hindsight, I learned from that experience that I should never let anyone scream at me off the record. That shouldn’t be allowed.
And so, after having flown for a day, driven for three days, we now rode reindeer for three days in the dead of winter over moonscapes, and arrived in this place which was some hybrid of Mordor and Lord of the Flies. Reindeer bounded right up to us, like we’d just arrived at Santa’s workshop.
...it’s just my way of chiseling the foreignness away, getting to the heart of what was so alien when I sat down and opened my sketchbook.
"Every trip we take unfolds a myriad stories all at once, and after we get back home, we tell only a few of them, even to ourselves."
"To secure a spot on the Gitmo press tour where he met Ted Conover, René Clement had to sign a 13-page contract of conduct. "Most of it," the Dutch photojournalist says, "was about what you cannot photograph."
"I didn’t get to see Camp X-Ray on my first trip to Guantánamo—in 2003, for The New York Times Magazine. The original detention facility for prisoners of the war on terror, it was used for only a few months, until something larger and sturdier was ready. But on my second visit, in 2014 for Vanity Fair, the military placed the abandoned prison on the itinerary for the morning of my third and final day.