Panel Discussion and Project Launch: October 27, 2010

Join us for a special event that will officially launch this photographic project with the unveilling of the first set of portraits and a panel discussion with leaders in the field: Dr. Patricia Numann, Elizabeth Baldwin, Beth Philips, Linda Friedman, and Prof. Tula Goenka.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 5:30-6:30pm
The Herg Auditorium, Newhouse 3

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Look Now: Facing Breast Cancer is a powerful photographic project that aims to bring awareness of the emotional and physical aspects of breast cancer. The year-long project will portray Central New Yorkers who have been treated for breast cancer. All the photographs will be taken by artist Angelika Rinnhofer and will show the subjects in a combination of dressed and nude portraits. The project culminates in October 2011 with an exhibition at Syracuse University, together with the premiere of a documentary film about the project and its photographic subjects. Resisting our culture’s tendency to abstract, obscure or allegorize illness, Look Now bears witness to the breast cancer that exists all around us here in our own region.

“Breast cancer is a disease that sucks you in, chews you up and spits you out. Some women lose their breasts. Most lose their hair. And many lose their lives. But all those who survive lose their sense of themselves and never really feel whole again. I know this because I am a breast cancer survivor myself,” says Tula Goenka, who conceived of the project and was also the first person photographed for it.

This project is a collaboration between artist Angelika Rinnhofer, Syracuse University’s Humanities Center, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and Light Work.


portraitCentral New Yorkers Wanted for Portrait Series

We are looking for breast cancer survivors of different ages, ethnicities, and levels of surgery to participate in a photo series that aims to spread awareness, to serve as an artistic testament to living well after the disease and, above all, to empower the women who participate. One portrait will be of the person’s public persona, clothed. Next to it will be the upper body close-up of the nude torso. Each person who participates will get a print of her diptych; those interested in participating in the project should send an email to Please send a short description, including your name, age, ethnicity, profession, year of diagnosis, type of treatment, phone number and email address.