New Award & Reviews for SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA


My book SHOWDOWN at SHINAGAWA tells true stories from my long career as a director of photography, working on film and digital cinema shoots across the U.S. and all around the world: Japan, India, China, Uganda, the Philippines, New Zealand, France, Singapore, England, Taiwan, Mexico, and Brazil.

The book has recently been honored as a Commended Winner in Non-Fiction in the 2014 Self-Publishing Review Awards.  One of the three highest non-fiction awards!


  • “Funny, sweet, and wise…deeply moving human interest stories — the doctor in India who doesn’t charge for treating people via telemedicine, the young man in England with cystic fibrosis who has a new lease on life thanks to a portable nebulizer, and the medical student in Uganda who is tirelessly working to help his people.” –Foreword Clarion Reviews
  • “The author recalls his near ‘big break’ as a novice director doing preproduction in the Philippines for a low-budget Japanese sci-fi film. Thumbs up for this filmmaker’s collection of postcards from the edge.” —Kirkus Reviews
  • “‘Shanghai Lunch’ is a funny little vignette about Westerners trying Chinese delicacies. ‘The Big Break: Malaise in Manila’ is a great little humor piece for those of you just dying to know how a B-movie gets made. —IndieReader
  • “The book really pulls together as a narrative about humanity in general in a very intriguing and heartwarming way, even when talking about the worst sides of a production or the lowest moments life can offer.” —Self-Publishing Review
  • “Many of the stories found ways to brighten my day, tug at my heartstrings, or help me understand my fellow humans a bit more.”–
  • “A common theme [is] the camaraderie he has found on movie sets. Be it with his regular collaborators or just one-time-only encounters, he has found the moving image to be a pretty darned good universal language.”–Cleveland Movie Blog
  • “The book introduces us to wonderful online viewing where Zarchy’s remarkable photographic talents are on display.”

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Tales of Filming from Bombay to Brazil

Published by Roving Camera Press

ISBN: 978-0-9849191-0-9  (paperback)

ISBN: 978-0-9849191-1-6  (e-book) 216 pages, including 21 pages of color photos

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