Photo courtesy Jack Alterman

Charleston photographer Jack Alterman’s latest book, My Lazy Eye, is comprised of images taken from around the world and in Charleston.

“Although they were created over many years and in places far apart, they speak to each other through the spirit reflected in their eyes and gestures or by design,” Alterman wrote in the book’s forward.

The book takes readers through parts of Alterman’s career, from early days photographing residents of St. Helena to some of his most recent photos of downtown Charleston architecture.

Portraits of landscapes and people from all over the nation and world are interwoven throughout My Lazy Eye.

Edna and her family, St. Helena Island, 1968 | Courtesy Jack Alterman
Artist Jonathan Green | Courtesy Jack Alterman

Among the 200+ photographs in the book, readers will also find some Charleston celebrities like author Harlan Greene, blacksmith Philip Simmons, artist Mary Whyte and painter Jonathan Green.

Alterman explained the book’s title, My Lazy Eye, is a tribute to how he got started with photography after being born with amblyopia, a vision impairment also known as “lazy eye.”

“Both eyes looked normal, but one was out of focus and wearing glasses didn’t help. If it had been caught early enough, it could have been corrected by wearing a patch over the good eye, but in 1950, who knew? Besides, I think it just made my good eye that much better.”

My Lazy Eye is available for purchase through Jack Alterman’s website.

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