Homing pigeons to fountain pens: Former CIA chief reveals spy camera secrets

homing pigeons with spy cameras
(Image credit: Wired)

Sometimes, a spy camera is a highly engineered, well concealed fountain pen. On other occasions, it's a pigeon with a camera strapped to it. 

Former chief of disguise at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Jonna Mendez, discusses why photography was her favorite method of gathering intelligence. Mendez talks about several kinds of cameras that were used in the field and why sometimes a pigeon is the best spy camera

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!