Picture Perfect

It all started in 1980, when a publisher directed him to make New Jersey look like New England. Walter Choroszewski set about exploring every overlooked nook in the Garden State, driving hundreds of miles a day to photograph scenes of stunning natural beauty for a book that would celebrate a place more commonly derided for the polluted air over its congested highways.

It all started in 1980, when a publisher directed him to make New Jersey look like New England. Walter Choroszewski set about exploring every overlooked nook in the Garden State, driving hundreds of miles a day to photograph scenes of stunning natural beauty for a book that would celebrate a place more commonly derided for the polluted air over its congested highways. New Jersey: A Scenic Discovery, published in 1981, was an instant smash hit, launching Choroszewski’s career as the visual chronicler of one small state’s abundant treasures. Next month, to commemorate his quarter-century of picture-taking in New Jersey, Choroszewski will publish New Jersey: A 25-Year Photographic Retrospective (Aesthetic Press, $40).

A greatest hits of sorts, it presents work taken from books, calendars, tourism brochures, and magazines (Choroszewski is a longtime contributor to New Jersey Monthly). Noted New Jersey historian John Cunningham, a past collaborator of Choroszewski’s, wrote the forward, paying further homage to a photographer whom the New York Times once described as “an unofficial state chamber of commerce, a Norman Rockwell of a changing Jerseyana.”

Click here to leave a comment
Read more Jersey Celebrities, Jersey Living articles.

By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly.

Required
Required not shown
Required not shown