Some stories are simple, straightforward, even easy. Louie Psihoyos isn't interested in them. A photographer for National Geographic when he was just 23, Psihoyos sought out assignments that were broad, vague, and visually challenging—subjects included dreams, garbage, and smell. He spent nine months in trash heaps. One time, he nearly fell to his death getting a photograph on top of the Chrysler Building.
So it should come as no surprise that for his first film, The Cove (released this month), the 52-year-old infiltrated a super-secret and heavily patrolled inlet in northern Japan with a crack team of extreme athletes and a bevy of military-grade cameras to capture a brutal and never before seen dolphin slaughter. What he did was by all accounts illegal and dangerous and borderline stupid. But so is killing a dolphin.
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