A longtime newspaper and freelance editorial photographer, Leipzig covered the stories that came his way, which means he had a very wide variety of subjects: swamp lumberjacks in Florida, pediatric surgeons, life in Sudan, the cellist Pablo Casals; fishermen in the North Atlantic. That last story, he says, was the toughest one he ever took on. The year was 1954, and Leipzig and a magazine editor drove from New York to New Bedford, Massachusetts during the second week of February, the coldest week of the year. As they were climbing aboard the fishing boat they were going to live on for a week, the editor, as Leipzig now recalls, "suddenly remembered something he had to do back in his office. So he gave me his pencil and pad and said, 'Take notes.'" Leipzig worked the story by himself. "I was throwing up out there for three days," he says.