D.C. photographer Jim Saah pretty much owes his entire career to being at the right place at the right time—that is, in the right class at Wheaton High School. “I was a high school student in 10th grade,” says Saah. “They offered a photography class and I thought that would be cool. At the same time, I got into punk rock and I had this camera that the school gave me. So I just started photographing every show that I went to.” Saah’s chronicling of one of D.C.’s most prolific music periods can be seen in his new book, In My Eyes: Photographs 1982-1997. Documenting a time of no rules and no barriers, vintage black-and-white shots of DMV punk legends Fugazi, Minor Threat, Jawbox, and Government Issue capture the intensity and rawness of their performances. Saah eventually parlayed his amateur photographer status into a professional one, using his punk pics as his portfolio and shooting for outlets including this one and The Washington Post. Going back to his photography roots, Saah is aware that not only does his book capture a specific place and time in the D.C. music scene, but it also tells of what can happen going forward. “What I’m trying to show people is that young people, given the opportunity, can be very creative and support one another in that creativity,” says Saah. “The book is a celebration of this period where all these kids from the DMV found this music.” The book will be released Oct. 15 via Cabin 1 Books. $49. jimsaah.com.