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Photojournalists tell stories with pictures, imparting a unique view of an event, a personality, a landscape. Lo Scalzo, veteran staff photographer for U.S. News & World Report, offers his own stories of the world in this compelling memoir. He presents a visually written portfolio of select news events and his life's journey as shaped by his professional assignments. Each chapter is set in a different locale (e.g., Antarctica, Iraq), and Lo Scalzo explains how he uses visual images to capture the stories unfolding at these places. In each chapter, he also conveys bits of his personal life, such as his struggle to have a family while traveling so much for his job, and examines his search for a balance between his compulsive need to travel and to create (or "make" pictures). What makes this memoir distinct is how it interweaves written snapshots detailing his personal journey, an insider's look into the field of photojournalism, a study of the creative process, and a descriptive travelog. Curiously, though, missing from the book are Lo Scalzo's photographs. He explains in the author's note that he and his publisher decided that the format and paper for this book were not suitable for reprinting photography. Instead, he invites the reader to views the pictures at the book's web site. Still, the work would have been even more impressive with the inclusion of his artistically rendered images. For all libraries.
—Donna Marie Smith