Picturing Breast Cancer
Matuschka and Ned Asta
While the courage of journalists is honored with prizes and awards, the courage of sources is less widely recognized. The gap is particularly noticeable in photography, where pictures of people in the most dire of circumstances can appear with little appreciation for what placed them in front of a camera and how the experience shaped their lives.
In this Media Studies Journal interview, Betty Rollin—a journalist, author and breast cancer survivor—talks with two women who revealed their own scars from cancer treatment. Matuschka’s picture appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine on August 15, 1993. The picture of Ned Asta appeared in The Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal on October 18, 1997.
Self-portrait by artist Matuschka