NIKI BERG

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: March 11, 2002

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Events in the summer of 1992 introduced the profound themes of death, illness, and healing to my work. I regained consciousness as my car climbed a toll booth, stood on end and crashed upside down. I began photographing as soon as I got out of the trauma center. The process soothed me, calmed me. Home, my 53rd birthday, I realized how lucky I am.

A week later a lump appeared. The diagnosis: breast cancer.

Sharing the shock and fears with my family, I continued to photograph, not knowing whether the process was of death or recovery.

Series of 10 photographs
5 x 5 inches
New York, New York
1992-93


The Scream

Self Portrait with Veil

Rebirthing

Self Portrait with Husband II

After the Accident II

Day of Diagnosis

Night Before Surgery

Self Portrait with Daughters

Self Portrait with Crutches II

Self Portrait with Husband I



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