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Andrew Allen
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My portraits are of cancer patients. I photograph my subjects with a minimal of props and in neutral backgrounds. I use my craft and artistic skill to show the happiness of life through photographic images.

I wish to capture those smiles and forever preserve images of courage, beauty and dignity, focusing in on the individual and putting the cancer in the background. For too many families, the portrait may be the last one they have of their loved one. The images are not of sick kids and adults, but of strong and beautiful people filled with hope.

Over the years, I have connected with charitable organizations and have offered my service. It is my way of giving back, because I too am a survivor of cancer. My personal experience of battling cancer through chemotherapy and radiation therapy at a young age has shaped who I am, and my purpose to photograph.

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