breastcancer

Photographing a Double Mastectomy: My Friend’s Fight with Breast Cancer

Every photographer should photograph a cancer patient at some point in his/her life. It teaches you how little of a person you are and how you’re but one character in the story of life. That’s what I learned at least when I had the privilege of photographing the double mastectomy of my friend, Diana Sheldon, 38, last fall.

A Story Half Told: Photo Essays Share the Lives of Five Women Living with Breast Cancer

In March 2013, we featured photographer Angelo Merendino's heartbreaking photo project that documented his late wife's battle with breast cancer. Merendino recently became involved in another project that aims to draw awareness to the subject of metastatic breast cancer.

For Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told, Merendino and four other photographers were commissioned by Pfizer to capture the daily lives of 5 women who are living with the disease.

Group of Friends Shave Their Heads Ahead of Surprise Portrait with Sick Friend

You might not know it if you watch too much TV, but there is a great deal of goodness in this human race of ours... and it runs deep. South African portrait photographer Albert Bredenhann discovered this in a big way recently when he was hired to do a photo shoot for a group of friends, one of which had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.

That kind of photo shoot is touching in and of itself, but the group took the idea further than that when they all voluntarily shaved their heads ahead of the surprise portrait.

Breast Cancer Patient Chronicles Her First Year of Treatment in Time-Lapse Video

In 2012, New Jersey-based writer Emily Helck was one of the several thousands of women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer. Knowing that the following year of chemo and surgery would be harrowing, she decided to document it by taking photos of herself every week for a full year.

The resulting video, which went up online at the end of September, has turned into an inspirational viral sensation that has accumulated over 700,000 views.

Pink PocketWizard Units Being Auctioned Off to Benefit Breast Cancer Victims

A little over a year ago, we shared the story of photographer Bob Carey and his wife, a breast cancer survivor. Over the past year, Carey and his Project Tutu have done a great deal to raise awareness for breast cancer. By going around the world and photographing himself in a pink tutu (and nothing else), he's done a lot to further the cause for breast cancer victims and their families.

The Light That Shines: Showing Cancer Patients They’re Beautiful with Photos

Jill Conley was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31. Only six months into her marriage, she and her husband had to go through the horrors of chemo, radiation, a double mastectomy and a problematic reconstruction before she finally entered remission. Now 35, she has been diagnosed with incurable stage 4 bone cancer.

Man Photographs Himself in a Pink Tutu to Fight Against Breast Cancer

After photographer Bob Carey moved with his wife to the East Coast in 2003, he found that life suddenly flipped 180-degrees from what he was used to. He then did what every sane, middle-aged, male photographer would do: he began photographing himself in a pink tutu to express himself. However, the project wouldn't stay random for long. Carey writes,

Six months after the move, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She beat it, only to have it recur in 2006. During these past nine years, I’ve been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing -- no, the only thing -- we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.

Carey has since decided to self-publish his tutu photographs as a book titled Ballerina and then donate all the net proceeds from his work to breast cancer organizations to fight against the disease.