Thirty years ago the Reagan Gorbachev talks began in Reykjavik, Iceland

Reagan and Gorbachev as they leave the final session at the summit in Reykjavik Iceland Photograph by Dennis Brack bb 27
Reagan and Gorbachev as they leave the final session at the summit in Reykjavik Iceland
Photograph by Dennis Brack bb 27

On Oct. 11, 1986, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev opened two days of arms negotiations in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Warm smiles and waves at the start of the talks.  The end of the talks were another matter.  Long after the talks were supposed to end, the doors opened and President Reagan’s stern look told the photographers that they were about to make some important pictures.  There was almost no light at the top of the steps, but the picture didn’t happen there.  Reagan and Gorbachev walked to the cars where there was absolutely no light.  It was a long throw and the 300mm f2.8 was the lens that the pool of seven photographers used.