Gordon Welters December 8, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Germany.
From the Project “Go, My Beauty”, Germany 2009
Gordon Welters (b.1974, Germany) studied photo-journalism at the London College of Communication. He regularly works for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine, International Herald Tribune, National Geographic, Stern, The Fader Magazine, The Times among others. In 2010 Gordon received a scholarship from VG Bildkunst. His work have been awarded by PDN Photo Annual, International Photography Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, Hansel-Mieth Prize and UNICEF. He organizes and leads photography workshops and was a jury member of various photo awards in Germany and the USA. He lives in Berlin and is represented by the photo agency Laif.
About the Photograph:
“This photograph is part of my story Go, my beauty. It is difficult for us to fully understand and witness death, especially with people very close to us. Although dying is an inseparable part of life, death does not really take place in our society. Dana is 25 years old and challenges life while feeling the knot under her skin. After breast amputation and undergoing chemotherapy she lies in the palliative care unit of a hospital. Dana says goodby to her friends, family and also to her small son. I met Dana 19 days before she died and visited her for 12 days. It was her wish, to transport the idea of the friendship-circle to the outside world, to stimulate and encourage patients as well as for their relatives, friends and other companions.”