Evidence of My Existence

Evidence of My Existence

by Jim Lo Scalzo
     
 

From a leper colony in India to an American research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, from the back rooms of the White House to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Evidence of My Existence tells a unique and riveting story of seventeen years spent racing from one photo assignment to the next.

We follow Lo Scalzo through the maze of airports and

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From a leper colony in India to an American research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, from the back rooms of the White House to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Evidence of My Existence tells a unique and riveting story of seventeen years spent racing from one photo assignment to the next.

We follow Lo Scalzo through the maze of airports and crowds and countries as he chases the career he has always wanted, struggles with his family problems, and reveals the pleasures of a life singularly focused. For him, as for so many photojournalists, it is always about the going.

Editorial Reviews

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“Set against a backdrop of the most stunning settings the world has to offer—from India to Antarctica—Evidence of My Existence is an intimate and intricate exploration of ambition and the difficult decisions artists are forced to make in search of a balance between work, the love of work, and love itself. Jim Lo Scalzo serves as a brilliant guide—by turns hilarious and heart-torn— and has created a masterful memoir, an exquisite debut!”
— Julianna Baggott, author of Which Brings Me to You and Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees

"This is what it's like to be a photojournalist living on the front lines of the best stories in the world. From Afghanistan to Alaska, Lo Scalzo captures the rush, the payoff and the personal sacrifice that comes with making great pictures. He's not only got a great eye for finding the shot, but a great ear for telling the tale."
— Brian Kelly, Editor of U.S. News & World Report

“In a world where courage and integrity spend ever more time on the Endangered Species List, Jim Lo Scalzo's Evidence of My Existence is a bracing tonic. An utterly compelling tale that should inspire us all to greater heights!”
— Brian Duffy, former editor of U.S. News & World Report

“The memoir is the story of his travels, but it is also much more: It is the story of a photographer coming to terms with his abilities and limitations, and, especially, with the sacrifices that one makes to pursue such a career.”
The Columbus Dispatch

“This is not a picture book. Instead, it is a rare and meaningful look into the life of a photojournalist.”
Digital Journalist

“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.... 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....For all libraries.”
Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
An irascible veteran U.S. News & World Report photographer revisits the mountains and molehills, the dimples and depressions and canyons of his peripatetic life. Lo Scalzo opens with a self-righteous blast at writers of creative nonfiction and memoir, implying that all are cut from the James Frey cloth. He then proceeds to employ many of the techniques others have pioneered and perfected: compression, flashbacks, "remembered" dialogue from decades ago-but all in increasingly effective fashion. The narrative commences with a breathtaking image of his wife Deirdre asleep in a car in Texas, then progresses to early 2003 and his preparation to cover the imminent "stupid war" in Iraq. But a call from Deirdre brought heartbreaking news: a second miscarriage. He left for the war anyway. Then a leap backward to his 11th birthday and his first camera, a Polaroid. Here and elsewhere, the author fails to sufficiently educate his readers. We learn little about his art or about the art of photography in general. He was late in switching to digital from film in 2001, and he offers some cursory, unremarkable comments about the differences between the two. He endured a rough adolescence, a "profound indifference" to schoolwork and a self-serving moral code. He landed an internship, then a job with U. S. News, making the most of his opportunity (despite a contentious relationship with a new photo editor later on). As the author matures, the narrative accelerates. He traveled the world, shot some compelling, often dangerous photographs (ranging from porn production to global warming to warfare) and gradually realized that his wife and newborn child were as important-no, more important-than his career. Notan unexpected epiphany but an affecting one. The weight of self-regard retards but does not prevent a lovely lift off and stirring journey.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821417720
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
10/08/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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