Stephen Starkman

Project Statement

This work is about the end of my life. This is expected within the next several weeks or months.

I began this project shortly after my initial diagnosis of cancer. It is a visual representation of having cancer, using images that are both documentary and metaphorical. The images are mine and the quotes and poems throughout the book are from other cancer patients.

A few weeks after the conclusion of chemotherapy, a routine scan showed that the cancer has spread to my brain. My understanding is that it is incurable.

I have become and remain determined to finish this project. To create new images that reflect what I see and what I feel. To help myself and others express and deal with mortality.

These are my images, and this is my story – not only of my cancer but also of those who generously shared their own most poignant moments.

Stephen Starkman

International Press:
The Guardian
The Globe and Mail
Shadow and Light Magazine
Photobook Journal
The Griffin Museum
Ain't – Bad
Lenscratch Favourite Books 2022
L'Oiell de la Photographie - A Visual Artist's Journey through Cancer

And more