Exploring Vulnerability, Empathy and Intimacy: The Healing Process of Documenting The Personal Story
Documenting personal stories are as much about the photographer as they are about the subject. Nancy Borowick never planned to photograph her family, but when she found herself, at 28, in the chemotherapy room with both of her parents who were in parallel treatments for stage-4 cancers side-by-side, she learned that photography allowed her to process, heal and understand what was happening through a familiar context and language she could understand. The story she was living, and photographing, was not about cancer and death she came to realize. It was about life, love and family in contrast.
Nancy will share her intimate story which she calls The Family Imprint, breaking down her journey and detailing her experiences as she wore the hats of both a daughter and a photographer, navigating through the struggles and the successes of turning the lens on ones own life. She will reflect on her path from beginning to end, from sharing her private visual journal of her family on world wide stage, and the personal and professional lessons, and mistakes, she learned along the way.
Nancy Borowick (b. 1985) is a humanitarian photographer currently based on the island of Guam. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at the International Center of Photography and holds a degree in Anthropology and Photography from Union College. Over the last 10 years Nancy narrowed the focus of her work, telling stories of illness and personal relationships, using compassion, humility, and trust as tools to connect with and explore the lives of her subjects.
Nancy’s most recent focus has been her parents’ battles with cancer, which culminated in her monograph, The Family Imprint, published with Hatje Cantz in 2017. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and has also been featured in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times Lens Blog, CNN, National Geographic PROOF, Time Magazine, Photo District News, the Washington Post, Stern Magazine, and Newsweek Japan. Her book, The Family Imprint, was recently awarded a prize in the PDN Photo Annual Competition and in February of 2016 she won 2nd prize in the Long Term Projects category in World Press Photo. Her work has been exhibited internationally, with her most recent exhibition hanging on the walls of Anastasia Photo Gallery in New York City.