• HOVERING OVER LAVA HOVERING OVER LAVA
  • GAMMA KNIFE GAMMA KNIFE
  • "VOMIT COMET" "VOMIT COMET"
  • ZERO-G PHOTOGRAPHER ZERO-G PHOTOGRAPHER
  • AMERICA'S CUP AMERICA'S CUP
  • GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
  • NAVY SURVIVAL NAVY SURVIVAL
  • LIGHTNING BOLTS LIGHTNING BOLTS
  • CLIMBING A VOLCANO CLIMBING A VOLCANO
  • PINATUBO CALDERA PINATUBO CALDERA
  • LAVA DIVING LAVA DIVING
  • COSMONAUTS & MIR COSMONAUTS & MIR
  • ASTRONAUTS DIVING ASTRONAUTS DIVING
  • C.I.A. DIRECTOR C.I.A. DIRECTOR
  • PLUTONIUM HOT CELL PLUTONIUM HOT CELL
  • LASER ENRICHMENT LASER ENRICHMENT
  • SR-71 BLACKBIRD SR-71 BLACKBIRD
  • MISSLE FIRING ROOM MISSLE FIRING ROOM
  • REACTOR SECURITY REACTOR SECURITY
  • TITAN II ICBN TITAN II ICBN
  • SPRINGS OF DEATH SPRINGS OF DEATH
  • MX ICBM LAUNCH MX ICBM LAUNCH
  • REMOTE CAMERAS REMOTE CAMERAS
  • GLOWING FUEL RODS GLOWING FUEL RODS
  • NUCLEAR FUSION NUCLEAR FUSION
  • WHOOPI GOLDBERG WHOOPI GOLDBERG
  • SHATNER, RESSMEYER SHATNER, RESSMEYER
  • FLASH HELMET, 1977 FLASH HELMET, 1977

 

“My life as a photojournalist has been thrilling, both physically and intellectually,” says Roger Ressmeyer. “I’ve hung from helicopters over molten lava, documented the inner workings of the nuclear industry, and confronted some of the most powerful forces of nature.” He also appreciated the extraordinary personal encounters he has had during his career. “I’ve been so fortunate,” Roger says. “I’ve had one-on-one meetings with some of the greatest scientists, artists, philosophers and leaders of our times.” In this gallery, we feature a few highlights from Ressmeyer’s career.
© Roger Ressmeyer / Corbis
Roger Ressmeyer working inside the CIA with author Tom Clancy, 1990