Breast Stories casts a spotlight on an issue that each year touches the lives of many thousands of women in Canada and around the world.
Three years in the making, the project features the stunning portraits and frank personal essays of more than 50 women from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. Each of the women included in this ground-breaking project is a breast cancer survivor who chose to undergo mastectomy. This definitive collection of portraits and essays will be an essential book for those with any connection to breast cancer, or for anyone interested in psychology, sociology or photography.
Jamaican-born Phil Carpenter has been a photojournalist for 14 years and is currently a photo and video journalist at The Gazette, a newspaper in Montreal. He is also a member of the part-time faculty in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Communication Studies.
His work has taken him across the globe. Among other international assignments he has covered the aftermath of the genocide on Rwanda, Canadian peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and he was one of the first journalists to arrive in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.
Phil has been awarded for his work, including two Society of News Design awards for his work on athletes and their injuries, and on breast cancer survivors. He also served in the Canadian Forces as a reservist for 15 years, and was with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. As a visual journalist Phil is committed documenting history and the human condition with his images. Breast Stories; Cancer Survivors Speak Out is his first book.
Foreword by Robyn Michele Levy, a visual artist, radio broadcaster, writer and breast cancer survivor. Her memoir, titled Most Of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown, was shortlisted for the 2012 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Her CBC Sunday Edition documentary A Cruel Coincidence won silver at the New York Festivals 2012 International Radio Awards.
Visit Robyn’s website at www.robynlevy.ca.