The Divine Curse – LIFE Magazine

Shot on assignment in La Crête, Alberta, Canada and published in Life magazine’s September 1988 issue with a text by Oliver Sacks. This piece is about a Mennonite family disproportionately affected by Tourette syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Oliver tells the story through the prism of Handler’s lens as a photographer with the syndrome.

Sacks was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship based on what he called a neuroanthropologic look at Tourette. His posthumous book release (Knopf April 2019), Everything in its Place, features a chapter called “Travels with Lowell.”

Ric Burns’ new documentary film Oliver Sacks: His Own Life will air on PBS in 2021 with Lowell’s interview and photographs.