The World: The View from the Balcony

When he was diverted from a fashion assignment and ordered to cover the European Security Conference in Helsinki for an Italian weekly last July, Freelance Photographer Franco Rossi, 35, was impressed by the elaborate security arrangements—at first. From his balcony perch in Finlandia House he watched no fewer than seven U.S. Secret Service men checking the area where Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger were to sit. "I saw them even taste the water in Ford and Kissinger's carafes," says Rossi. The photographer had been standing at his tripod for three tedious hours when...

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