The impossible battle against cancer

This is one of the most depressing things I have seen in a long time. It is a series of pictures by photographer Renée C. Byer that won this years Pulitzer Prize.

If you are unfamiliar with the Pulitzer Prize, it is an American national award for all things print journalism, literary achievements and musical composition. It is the most respected award in the United States of it’s kind. Or to make it simple, it’s the Oscar of newspapers, books and music compositions.

There are 21 categories and all entries must have been published in an American based newspaper of by one of the major daily news organisations.

The category that Renée C. Byer won is entitled Feature photography and is based on the following requirements:

For a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album, in print or in print and online.

This is the reason given by the judges:

Awarded to Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.

It is never easy watching something like that. My mother died of cancer as well and it was definitely not easy. These pictures are extremely powerful.

Looking through the images one by one it is clear just how much Derek deteriorates and just how much more strain she has to put up with.

Link to the pictures.



  1. Posted April 19, 2007 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    That is a deeply moving photo story.

  2. Posted April 20, 2007 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I think you posted the best images.

    The hard fact is that we will all have to go sometime and leave behind the people we love but to go at such a young age makes it all that more depressing.

  3. Posted April 20, 2007 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Yes, I thought so, Andy. Thanks for stopping by.

    I’m not too sure if I posted the best images, although the ones I posted are definitely the happier ones. I’m not too sure if I’ve got favourites, I just think they all work great together. They are some great photos and very powerful.

    It’s amazing just how much energy she had. She’s got at least 3 kids and a business….

  4. Sha
    Posted April 20, 2007 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Aww was reading and flipping thorugh it this morning and it was soo sad.

  5. Posted April 20, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    It is very much, yeah.

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