It has been 11 years since my book “Journal: A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery from Breast Cancer” was published. My photographs were paired with my mother’s written journal entries and together we chronicled every aspect of her experience with the disease. When the book was published, she was in remission and we both felt that the project had captured a complete story with a beginning, middle and an end. The end of the book signified the end of the disease. However, two years later the cancer reappeared in her bones and in 2010 she passed away. For awhile, I had a hard time looking at the photographs. I could no longer compartmentalize the disease into something that had come and gone. The message of hope in the book seemed to fade. But five years after my mother’s death, I look at the images again and I am reminded that this project was one of her proudest accomplishments. I think it gave her strength to continue living each day to the fullest and doing the things she loved despite the fact that the doctors could no longer offer the goal of remission. It is my hope that patients, survivors and caregivers will continue to find solace in this work.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Refinery29 is featuring my images along with an interview which you can view here.
Photo ©Annabel Clark
I was thrilled to photograph the Gay Pride March in NYC this summer, following Grand Marshals Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Derek Jacobi down Fifth Avenue to Christopher Street in the West Village.
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‘Muse’: A Fictional Sendup of the Publishing Industry
In his debut novel, Jonathan Galassi recreates the sex-fueled early days of Farrar, Straus
Jonathan Galassi, president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux in his office on 18th Street. Galassi has written a novel, and it’s being published by his competitor, Knopf. The book is a sendup of the publishing industry, with a love triangle involving a superstar poet and two rival publishers. It imagines a future in which all the major publishing houses have merged into Random Schuster Norton. It also peripherally addresses the Harper Lee controversy. As the poet nears the end of her life, an unpublished work of hers is discovered. A publishing scoundrel, acting on her wishes, decides to publish it. Book release date is June 2.
A Society Scribe Shifts to Thrillers
‘About Schmidt’ author Louis Begley’s award-winning fiction usually takes on bad behavior among the well-bred and prosperous. ‘Killer, Come Hither’ ratchets up the intrigue – and the evil
Stephen Adly Guirgis ‘s play ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ tells the story of a white cop who shoots an older black cop, echoing recent events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York:
©Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal
Weight Loss or Not, Exercise Yields Benefits:
A Startup of Her Own
Sallie Krawcheck made it to the top on Wall Street; now she’s bringing other women up to join her.
Read the article here.
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Yenny and Eddie, Havana, Cuba, 2010 ©Annabel Clark
Five years ago, my husband and I spent an emotional honeymoon in Cuba in search of his father’s family whom he had never met. Upon arrival at his grandmother’s house, we found out that she had died two years earlier. But instead we got to know his two aunts and cousins, who struggle every day to make ends meet. “No es facil / It’s not easy” are words we heard on a daily basis. Words that Obama quoted in his speech this morning on restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. Thinking of my Miami and Cuban in-laws today and hoping politics can be put aside for the sake of families who have been divided for too long.
To see more images from my two trips to Cuba, see here.
Last winter I spent a day with beauty pageant queen and child star of TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” Isabella Barrett. With her mother Susanna at the helm, the 7 year old self-proclaimed millionaire has her hands in many business ventures from her “Glitzy Girl” clothing and jewelry line to music videos for her songs “LOL” and “I Am Just a Kid“. I followed Isabella and her mother as they debuted her new clothing line at New York Fashion Week. The story focuses on their relationship and how Isabella handles being in the spotlight at such a young age.
The assignment was just published in the October issue of Germany’s Nido Magazine.
You can view more images from the assignment here.