Lowell Handler is a former Black Star contract photographer-journalist whose pictures
have appeared in Life, Newsweek, Elle, U.S. News & World Report, The (London) Sunday Times Magazine, Hippocrates, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times,
The Boston Globe, and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report and Teaching Tolerance, as well as many international journals from Brazil to Japan.
Handler’s appearances on Dateline NBC, The Phil Donahue Show, and national television programs in Canada and the Netherlands have helped increase
awareness and understanding of Tourette syndrome. He has proved an affable spokesperson
for a disorder characterized by behavior that appears off-putting. As the star, narrator,
guide, and associate producer of the Emmy-nominated PBS television documentary Twitch & Shout, Handler reached a mainstream audience and set the stage for his 1998 memoir, Twitch & Shout: A Touretter’s Tale, published by Penguin.
Lowell traveled extensively with famed neurologist, Dr. Oliver Sacks in the United
States and overseas in the late '80s, assisting Sacks in documenting research on Tourette
syndrome through photography, and becoming a not-always agreeable sounding board and
traveling companion. Their ultimate friendship is chronicled in the book, along with
the revolutionary effects of Prozac, and the rewards and complications of coming to
terms with a mysterious and ostracizing condition. Handler also tells of his testimony
for the Food and Drug Administration on "orphan" drugs, helping to open up treatment
Twitch & Shout: A Touretter’s Tale was profiled in The New York Times Book Review, and called by Entertainment Weekly "A mind-bending account of a mind-boggling affliction." The author's other written
work has been published in The New York Observer, Health, and the American Psychological Association's Contemporary Psychology. Lowell was the technical consultant and set photographer on the film Niagara, Niagara starring Robin Tunney and Henry Thomas, the still photographer and advisor on The Tic Code, starring Gregory Hines, and the partial inspiration for Rob Morrow's directorial
debut Maze and Jonathan Lethem's touretting detective in Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn.
Lowell Handler lives with his wife, writer Jane Smith, in Rhinecliff, New York, and
is on the faculty at Dutchess Community College.
Please see www.crazyandproud.com and lowellhandler.com