Description at the back: The Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in front of the Lincoln Memorial,Washington,USA,1979.
Photographer: Burt Glinn
The first visit by a Soviet premier to the United States.
Burt Glinn (1925-2008) was an American professional photographer. His photos show such things as the social scene of the rich, the dirtiness of politics, and the humorous flotilla that called itself the Seattle Tubing Society. When asked in an interview which of his images he most closely identifies with, Glinn replied that without a doubt it is the picture showing the back of Nikita Khrushcher's head in front of the Lincoln Memorial:" I was late and I couldn't get to where everybody else was, in front of Khrushchev, so I came running up and I was in the back of him. And I looked up and there it was. I got two shots of that and then it disintegrated. If I'd been on time I would have gotten a very ordinary picture of Khrushchev and Henry Cabot Lodge looking at this statue of Lincoln but you couldn't see the statue. The most important thing that a photographer like me can have is luck, you know." Glinn received the Best Book of Photographic Reporting from Abroad Award, Overseas Press Club.