A Camel, Me and Brooke

Leslie Wong with Brooke Shields on location near Eilat, Israel on the film Sahara (1983)
Leslie Wong and Brooke Shields (and a camel)

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, I worked for Mary Ellen Mark as an assistant for several years. She was one of the most passionate people that I’ve met in my life.

In 1983, she asked me if I wanted help her with a People Magazine cover shoot of Brooke Shields. She said it meant a trip to Israel. I hesitated for about a second and said yes.

You can tell by Brooke’s loving embrace that she and I became close friends, as this photograph attests. No, that’s not what happened.

Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark

Originally published on Findery.com.