“You have cancer” are terrifying words, and our culture does little to ameliorate that effect. New Beginnings is intended to inspire and provide hope for those diagnosed with cancer, their families and their friends. New Beginnings is a labor of love; something I wish had existed when I was diagnosed with cancer. Almost all of the dollars donated to cancer go for research and treatment, as they should. This project aspires to take the conversation further, to the question of what happens after the treatment ends.
New Beginnings is a collection of narratives and (energetic) photographic portraits of men, women, and families of children, of various ages and ethnicities, for whom a diagnosis of cancer has turned into a positive force in their lives. This is a project by and for cancer survivors.
The participants in this project are ordinary people. Their struggles and the ways they have triumphed are heroic. Kelly, age 20:
I learned at 18 what most people take a lifetime to learn. It made me who I am, and I like the person I am today.
Bill Aron’s photographs have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States and Israel. His work has also appeared in a wide variety of publications, and is found in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center for Photography, the Jewish Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Museum of American Jewish History, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Museum of the Diaspora in Tel-Aviv.
Aron first gained international recognition for his photographs of Jewish communities around the world. His first book, From The Corners Of The Earth, chronicles the Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles, and was published, with an introduction by Chaim Potok, by The Jewish Publication Society.
Algonquin Books published a second volume of his work, Shalom Y’all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South, with an introduction by Alfred Uhry.
--His current project, entitled New Beginnings: 100 Cancer Survivors, focuses on survivors who have not let their diagnosis prevent them from living their lives to the fullest; in many cases, the diagnosis has served as an impetus to better their lives. Aron interviewed and created portraits of a diverse group of 100 such survivors.
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