Instead, being crowded out of prime shots by some 30 Russian photographers led the young Hopkins to assert his skills.
Hopkins called a meeting of all the photographers. Using a Russian interpreter, Hopkins framed the issue in three steps:
- He pointed out that this was surely the most vital meeting of the war, and that it was their responsibility to record it.
- He sketched the problem. So far, all the photographers had done was take pictures of each other’s backs.
- He proposed a solution: reducing the number of photographers.
— Adapted from “How Would You Like to Be Attached to the Red Army?” Robert Hopkins, American Heritage.