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Evidence of My Existence
Title | Evidence of My Existence
Author | Jim Lo Scalzo
Type | Book
Rating | 10
Notes | 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. It is also a story of photojournalism and the consequences of obsessive wanderlust.

When the book opens, Jim Lo Scalzo is a blur to his wife, her remarkable tolerance wearing thin. She is heading to the hospital with her second miscarriage, and Jim is heading to Baghdad to cover the American invasion of Iraq. He hates himself for this—for not giving her a child, for deserting her when she so
obviously needs him, for being consumed by his job—but how to stop moving? Sure, there have been some tough trips. He’s been spit on by Mennonites in Missouri, by heroin addicts in Pakistan, and by the KKK in South Carolina.

He's contracted hepatitis on the Navajo Nation, endured two bouts of amoebic dysentery in India and Burma and four cases of giardia in Nepal, Peru, Afghanistan, and Cuba. He’s been shot with rubber bullets in Seattle, knocked to the ground by a water cannon in Quebec, and sprayed with more teargas than he cares to recall. But photojournalism is his career, and travel is his compulsive craving.

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.

About the Author:
Jim Lo Scalzo, a Washington DC native, has been a staff photographer with U.S. News & World Report since 1994. He has had assignments in more than sixty countries and won numerous awards in the Pictures of the Year International and White House
News Photographers’ Association photo competitions.
Purchase/Additonal Info |  https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/082141772X

|| Member Feedback   [add your comments]
Andrew Nelles Student/Intern / Photographer
chicago | il | usa
Comments | [02/27/08] Fantastic story, all I can say. Pick it up.
Rating | 10

Brad Mangin Photographer
Pleasanton | CA | USA
Comments | [02/24/08] I really enjoyed this book. The only thing that could have made it better would have been a section of Lo Scalzo's amazing photographs in the middle of the book. It was great having the chance to read about the career of a current photojournalist working all over the world with so many great stories to tell. I have never read a more open and honest account by a photographer about what he or she has gone through to achieve success in this business. Kudos to Jim for having the guts to open up and share his life with us. I still want to know who "Tookie" really is :-)
Rating | 10

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