The Facing Chemo project has gotten a lot of press this week after being featured on BuzzFeed earlier in the week.  We are honored to have these moving portraits touch so many.

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This week we completed the framing of the latest Facing Chemo exhibit – Before & After. The show hung this past Wednesday at a corporate event at Genentech. We are looking forward to seeing the show hang again soon.

 

 

 

 

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studio news\katie . . .

In May we welcomed a number of guests at OMI Gallery who came to hear Bob talk about the Facing Chemo project.  We’re honored that a handful of participants came to both listen and take part in the discussion.  A special thank you to Ferne, who agreed to have her portrait taken during the event so that Bob could walk attendees through the process, and to Dexter who bravely shared her experience with the group as well.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

Dexter with her portrait.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

Q&A with Dexter and Ferne.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

Dana and Bob, with her portrait.

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

The Impact HUB - "Facing Chemo"

 

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

The beautiful Ferne.

 

studio news\katie . . .

OMI Gallery is hosting an Artist Talk with Bob, this coming Wednesday, May 14th, from 6:30-8:30pm.  Bob will be discussing the Facing Chemo project which is currently on exhibit there through the month of May.

In addition to discussing the project and answering questions, Bob will do a demonstration with one of the show’s subjects.  The moving video montage created throughout the project will also be shown and participants will be on hand to talk about the project and their personal journeys.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting (& free) event!

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For the month of May my project, Facing Chemo, will be at the Omi Gallery in Oakland – 2323 Broadway Oakland – in the Oakland Impact Hub.  The opening last Friday was a great success.

Images from the opening – courtesy of Amy Hart

Facing Chemo opening May 2014 - Omi Gallery Oakland

Facing Chemo opening May 2014 – Omi Gallery Oakland

One of the people we photographed for the project - at the opening

One of the people we photographed for the project – at the opening

San Francisco ASMP chapter members at Robert Houser's Facing Chemo opening

San Francisco ASMP chapter members at Robert Houser’s Facing Chemo opening

Robert Houser with Richard Morgenstein and J Michael Tucker - San Francisco ASMP members

Robert Houser with Richard Morgenstein and J Michael Tucker – San Francisco ASMP members

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studio news\katie . . .

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Last week Bob photographed another breast cancer patient for the Facing Chemo project.  Stepping back and choosing images to edit, I’m always intrigued by the wave of emotions participants feel in just a short period of time.  Having cancer must feel unspeakable, but it seems the chemo itself robs one of any emotional filters.  There’s no hiding behind a stoic mask, one’s hair, or any other accoutrements; chemo forces you to face your emotions head-on. Having experienced many of these humbling, rewarding shoots, I’m not at all surprised to see this brave woman smiling towards the end of the reel.  Bob has a way of making people feel comfortable, confident, empowered and beautiful, regardless of their situation or setting.

Which images would you choose?

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

Facing Chemo - a photographic project

 Facing Chemo - a photographic project 

Facing Chemo - a photographic project 

 

 Facing Chemo - a photographic project

 

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. . .of Breast Cancer – tomorrow from 10am-12noon.

Bob has been asked to present the Facing Chemo project tomorrow at the Lesher Center for the Arts.  He’s joining a panel of leading medical experts who will be addressing survivorship as well as sharing the latest information on breast cancer.  Bob will project several images from the show on screen, talk about his experience and answer questions from the theater audience.

Join us if you can – there’s no cost to attend.

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We had a great crowd of about 300 people come through last night for the first opening of Facing Chemo, including about 18 of the people I photographed for the project.  The show is open this week from 12-3 both Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday evening from 5-8pm.  Here’s a great description of the project written by the first woman I photographed for it.

http://jadegangster.com/2013/09/17/i-was-a-cancerous-model-facing-chemo-show-opens-friday/#more-695

Facing Chemo show installation