Johns Hopkins Magazine -- February 2001
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Illustrator Bob Conge ("The Art and Craft of Translation") lives in Wayland, New York. Contact him at 716/728-3424.
Read more about author-translator Elborg Forster below.
Illustrator Michael Gibbs ("Golden Opportunity-or Overwhelming Obstacle?").
Photographer Bill Denison (Cover story, "The Right Touch") is based in Baltimore. Contact him at 410/828-8750. Read more about Bill below.
Photographer Mike Ciesielski ("Golden Opportunity-or Overwhelming Obstacle?") is based in Baltimore. Contact him via telephone at: 410/235-8274.
Illustrator Charles Beyl ("Vital Signs") lives and works in Mountville, Pennsylvania. Contact him via e-mail at:
Illustrator Bruno Paciulli ("Essay") lives in Baltimore and can be reached by calling 410/377-7714.
Photographic illustrator Craig Terkowitz ("A Long Day's Night") is based in Baltimore. Contact him via e-mail at:
Illustrator Kim Barnes ("Subject to Dispute") is based in Baltimore. Contact her by telephone at: 410/243-1951.
Photographer Jany Van Rennselaer directs the Homewood Photos Labs. Contact him by calling 410/516-5332.
Photographer Keith Weller ("A Hard Day's Night") lives in Columbia, Maryland. Contact him at 410/381-2400.
Illustrator James Yang ("Findings") is based in New York City. Contact him at 212/987-5917.

Inspired by a lonely occupation
German-born Elborg Forster says she knew from her high school days that she wanted to be a translator of texts. "It's a lonely occupation, but I like it that way. If you've really found something that works, it can make your day." Forster, who did her first work for her French historian husband, Robert Forster, now retired from the Johns Hopkins faculty, says her "greatest adventure" has been translating the letters of Liselotte von der Pfalz, a 17th-century German princess. Forster's grown so fond of Liselotte, in fact, that she drinks a toast to her twice each year--on the princess's birthday and the day of her death.


Renewed respect for a poetic sport
Photographer Bill Denison, who shot this issue's cover and the photos for "The Right Touch," is not new to the world of fencing. He had actually taken up the sport years ago, under the tutelage of veteran coach Richard Oles, but only for a brief time. "It's a long road to mastery in that sport and I'm a Polaroid kind of guy," quips Denison, a regular contributor to Johns Hopkins Magazine whose athletic interests turn more toward windsurfing and 10Ks. The evenings he spent training his lens on the team members, he says, "brought back an appreciation of how refined and poetic and sophisticated the sport of fencing really is."