Hindsight 20/20: Howard Schatz's New Photography Book

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A look at photographer Howard Schatz's new two-volume book.

With 20 books already to his name, ophthalmologist-turned-photographer Howard Schatz didn’t want to do a retrospective. “I don’t want to look back,” he says. “I want to be a moving target.” But while culling the 1,083 photos in his new two-volume book, Schatz Images: 25 Years (Glitterati Incorporated), from 4 million possibilities, he saw an opportunity for self-reflection: “I thought it might be useful to get an overall view of who I am.” Schatz Images, which was designed by Departures design director Alexander Spacher, showcases Schatz’s interests in physicality, beauty, and motion, as well as the optical precision that one might expect from a former retinal surgeon. For those lucky enough to snag one of the 500 signed copies, Schatz recommends taking it slowly: “Keep one of the books out someplace you pass every day,” he says. “And just peruse one chapter at a time because every one is different.”