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PHOTOSENSITIVE::THE CANCER PROJECT


PHOTOSENSITIVE Since 1990, PhotoSensitive has been harnessing the power of black-and-white photography to raise public consciousness of critical issues around the globe. We have initiated projects on topics ranging from child poverty in Canada and Aboriginal children’s literacy in northern Ontario’s isolated communities, to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic and urgent environmental issues. Each of our projects is spurred by the desire to affect social change in our world.

THE CANCER PROJECT On the basis of current incidence rates, 38% of Canadian women and 44% of Canadian men will develop cancer during their lifetimes*. Steadily rising trends over the last ten years make these statistics more and more disturbing. In her recent documentary, CBC’s Wendy Mesley speculated on the reasons for these disturbing statistics, including the lack of information Canadians receive about how our bodies respond to foods we eat, medications we take, and the very air we breathe. These upsetting facts form the basis of THE CANCER PROJECT. We believe that this project will encourage each of us as Canadians to increase our awareness of cancer risks, and, ultimately, to be instrumental in our own prevention of the disease.

THE INVITATION The impact of PhotoSensitive’s work is found in the faces of the people who allow us to photograph them, often during the most vulnerable times of their lives. We invite you to join THE CANCER PROJECT by asking a person who lives with cancer if they would lend their face to this important campaign. Their support could help turn the tide of rising statistics which, unless halted, could soon impact close to half of Canada’s population.

* Canadian Cancer Society/National Cancer Institute of Canada: Canadian Cancer Statistics 2006

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

WHAT?
A nation-wide photo project which will bring to view cancer’s shocking toll on Canadians.

WHY?
To engage Canadians to become more aware of cancer trends and methods of prevention, and help stop rising incidence rates in Canada. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
One black-and-white image, 300 dpi, JPG format, 16” x 20”, ready to print. A description of the image, including name of the subject and their connection to cancer, maximum 25 words, must be included in ‘File Info’ or in the body of your email. Files should be labelled by the photographer’s full name. Please email image file and release form to oksana@photosensitive.com.

WHO?
Photographs of people who live with cancer, have survived cancer, or have lost a loved one to cancer. In the latter case, the image must reflect the absence of that person, perhaps by including a photograph of them in the image. RELEASE FORMS [Download]
Each image must be accompanied by an official release form, which can be downloaded from www.photosensitive.com. Please scan and email signed release forms to oksana@photosensitive.com. If a scan is not possible, please fax to 905-272-0474.

HOW?
Images will be gathered from 1,000 photographers across Canada, and presented in the form of printed exhibitions, web/digital media and the publishing of a book. TIMELINE
PhotoSensitive will begin accepting submissions on February 1, 2007. Deadline for submissions is November 30, 2007. A list of participating photographers and updated project information will be available on our website.

WHEN?
Launch in April 2008, during the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month. SCHOOLS AND CAMERA CLUBS
If you would like your participation to be recognized as a group, please indicate this in your email submission.

WHERE?
Simultaneous project launches at City Halls in major centres of each province across Canada (other venues TBD). CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION!
Please confirm your commitment to participate by calling or emailing Oksana Sushko, Project Coordinator at oksana@photosensitive.com or 905-282-9074.

OWNERSHIP/COPYRIGHT
As with all of our projects, the photographer retains the ownership and copyright on their image, with the understanding that PhotoSensitive may use the image for non-commercial purposes in connection with THE CANCER PROJECT.
THE CANCER PROJECT
THE CANCER PROJECT
CHEMO WARD
CHEMO WARD
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CATHETER
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WILL TO FIGHT
HELPING HAND
HELPING HAND
BLOOD SAMPLE
BLOOD SAMPLE
CANCER & THE LORD'S PRAYER
CANCER & THE LORD'S PRAYER
A CANCER PATIENT
A CANCER PATIENT