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Breast Cancer-Picture Perfect

July 11, 2011

Source: The SCAR Project

Written for Scars1 by Eliza Shirazi             

Many breast cancer organizations and websites truly portray the struggle of the illness, how survivors have battled, and do their best to raise awareness. Yet, The SCAR Project cuts right through the clutter, and not only shoots directly to the point, but directly to the heart as well.

Fashion photographer David Jay captures the essence of the war between women and breast cancer. His photos are raw, bare, and not easy to view, but they illustrate the true colors of breast cancer and increase awareness. Their website states that, “dedicated to more than 10,000 women under 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection, and healing.”

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More on David Jay...
  • His work has been featured in international magazines and advertising campaigns.
  • He has been shooting fashion and beauty professionally for over 15 years.
  • David Jay was inspired when a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • For David Jay, this began as a project for an awareness raising campaign, but he soon found that The SCAR Project was a journey of capturing the fight and triumph of those who were diagnosed with the challenge. He is quoted on The SCAR Project website as saying, "For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease. It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and power after having been robbed of such an important part of it…they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them and the strength to move forward.”

    David Jay’s book, The Scar Project: Breast cancer Is Not a Pink ribbon (Volume I), unleashes these portraits with an autobiography by each woman. Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, British Medical Journal, AOL, and Le Post France have  praised The Scar Project. This inspiring work by David Jay and these brave women tells a story that is real, harsh, and beautiful. “Each portrait represents a singular, stripped-down vision of the life-changing journey that unites them all.”

    Photo: David Jay

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