Facing Chemo | Robert Houser
I was photographing a young woman for a magazine story when she mentioned that she was about to begin chemotherapy.
I wanted to be able to give her something, something of her, to help her get through the experience.
She passed on my offer to photograph her, but four years later, she called me back asking if my offer still stood.
In the middle of her second battle with chemotherapy, she was about to undergo a bone marrow transplant.
Two days later, we spent a rainy afternoon in her San Francisco apartment drinking tea, eating chocolate and taking photographs.
She later spoke of the images as being the first time in a long time that she saw herself.
Pictures up to that point had been of her disease, MRIs, x-rays – medical data.
She had begun to avoid her reflection in the windows of parked cars.
Now, it wasn’t about her disease, but her, the woman inside. She was still there.
Facing Chemo began as a personal project and has evolved into a nonprofit Foundation.
For more information, please visit: facinglight.org
Award-winning rare disease portrait photographer Robert Houser for the Facinglight Foundation based in the San Francisco Bay Area photographs people for portrait clients for advertising, for pharmaceutical and corporate clients worldwide, corporate and editorial projects, healthcare and annual report photography.