Cancer Survivors in Focus at the CDC

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Cancer Survivors in Focus at the CDC

If you are anywhere near Atlanta, I highly recommend a visit to the David J. Sencer CDC Museum to see the CDC exhibit: Cancer Survivors in Focus. Wowowowowow. It’s an incredibly inspiring and powerful exhibit that is goose bump inducing.

According to the CDC websiteCANCER: Survivors in Focus—a three-part photography exhibition—offers a glimpse into the lives of people living with, through, and beyond a cancer diagnosis. An estimated 28 million people worldwide are living within five years of a cancer diagnosis.

This exhibition tells survivors’ stories through the work of three photographers who examine cancer survivorship in different contexts: globally, in the United States, and at CDC.

  • Photographer and ovarian cancer survivor Carolyn Taylor presents Without Borders: The Global Face of Cancer, which portrays cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and medical professionals in fourteen countries.
  • John Kaplan’s Not As I Pictured is an autobiographical account of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist’s unexpected cancer journey.
  • Bryan Meltz, a documentary photographer based in Atlanta, captures moments from the lives of CDC employees who have survived cancer in Close to Home: CDC’s Stories of Survivorship, a series commissioned specifically for this exhibition.

Collectively, these photographs and the stories that inspired them highlight the experiences of cancer survivors around the world and provoke insights on how the public health community can help empower individuals to live longer, healthier lives after cancer.

Below are some (of the many amazing) images from Bryan Meltz. There are lots more on his website as well as an inspiring short film describing the project, so if you can’t visit the exhibit in person, I highly recommend taking a look.

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CDC Cancer Survivor Exhibit

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