Cancer Family Ongoing is a series of images taken by photographer Nancy Borowick, focusing on the lives, and deaths, of her parents Laurel and Howie while they were in treatment for different stage-4 cancer diagnoses.

Nancy Borowick (b. 1985) is a humanitarian photographer currentlybased in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography andPhotojournalism program at the International Center of Photography and holds adegree in Anthropology from Union College. Over the last 10 years Nancynarrowed the focus of her work, telling stories of illness and personalrelationships, using compassion, humility, and trust as tools to connect withand explore the lives of her subjects. Nancy’s most recent focus has been her parents’ battles withcancer. She is a regular contributor to the New York TimesNewsday, and Corbis andhas also been featured in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times LensBlog, CNN, National Geographic PROOF, Time MagazinePhoto District News, the Washington PostStern Magazine, and Newsweek Japan. In February of 2016 she was awarded 2nd prize in the Long Term Projects category in World Press Photo and was recently awarded the Arnold Newman Prize in New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, the Eddie Adams Workshop Award inInnovation in Visual Storytelling, and Honorable Mention in theNPPA Best of Photojournalism competition in the Contemporary Issues Storycategory. In 2014, Borowick was named one the Best of ASMP featuredphotographers as well as one of Lens Culture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents. Her Cancer Family, Ongoing project was presented at the Visa Pour l’Image inPerpignan, France in 2014 and the following year, 2015, was exhibited at thefestival. Her work has also been exhibited at the Look 3 Photography Festivalin the USA, the Obscura Photo Festival in Malaysia, the Angkor PhotographyFestival in Cambodia, the Guatephoto Festival in Guatemala, the OberstdorferFotogipfel Photofestival in Germany, and the International Photo FestivalLeiden in Holland. In 2016, Nancy presented at the Norrlandsdagarna PhotoFestival in Sweden and the work will also be exhibited at the Lumix Festivalfor Young Photojournalism in Germany.



Winner, World Press Photo, 2nd prize in the Long Term Projects category


Winner, Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

Winner, Visura + National Geographic Proof Assignment Contest, The Story Behind The Images

Finalist, Celeste Prize, Florence Italy

Honorable Mention, Contemporary Issues Story, NPPA Best of Photojournalism

Finalist, Visible White Photo Prize 4th edition, Paris, France


Short List Finalist, Pix Palace-Visas de l'ANI Price, Perpignan, France

Eddie Adams Workshop Award- Innovation in Visual Storytelling by Storehouse

Emerging Photographer Magazine winner

New York Photo Festival, Photo World Winner

New York Photo Festival- Photo World Breaking News Finalist

Lens Culture Top 5 Emerging Talent, awarded $2,000 and work in traveling exhibition in Spain and Japan

Eddie Adams Workshop participant

Best of ASMP 2014 featured photographer

New York Portfolio Review, Participant

Forward Thinking Museum, Joy of Giving Runner-Up

Lens Culture Top 50 Emerging Talents


Magenta Foundation, U.S. Winner- Emerging Photographer award

Publications, Exhibitions, and Speaking Engagements:


Exhibition, World Press Photo, Worldwide

Exhibition, Xavier Miserachs Biennial , Spain

Exhibition, Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism

Publication, The New York Times Lens Blog, text and photographs

Presenter, Norrlandsdagarna Photo Festival, Sweden


Exhibitor, Just Another Photo Festival screening, India

Exhibitor, International Photo Festival Leiden, Holland

Exhibitor, Photoville New York Times Lens Blog Projections, NYC

Exhibitor, Guate Photo Festival New York Times Show, Guatemala

Exhibitor, Visa Pour L’Image at Perpignan, print exhibit

Exhibitor, Celeste Familydom, Florence, Italy

Presenter, PDN Photo Expo at the Jacob Javitz Center, NYC

Shots and Works presenter, Look 3 Photo Festival, Virginia

Exhibitor, Visible White Photo Prize 4th edition, Paris, France

Take Ten, exhibitor and curator, International Center of Photography

Photo Power, photo essay Cancer Family, Ongoing in Newsweek Japan

Exhibitor, Emerging Photographer Pop Up at MOPLA


Exhibitor, Visa Pour L’Image at Perpignan, projection

Photo District News, Love In A Double Shadow of Cancer, feature print story

Exhibition, Valid Photo, Cancer Family, Ongoing- group show, Barcelona

Vision Project, Cancer, Courage and Family, online publication

Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel Photo Festival exhibitor, Germany.

Obscura Photo Festival, projection of Cancer Family, Ongoing. Malaysia

Angkor Wat Photo Festival, project of Cancer Family, Ongoing, Cambodia

IOdonna Magazine, online publication of Cancer Family, Ongoing, Italy

Presenter, School at the International Center of Photography

Presenter, School of the Visual Arts

Presenter, International Center of Photography

Presenter, CUNY School of Journalism

Visiting Artist, Union College


TheNew York Times, Cancer Family, Ongoing feature and follow-up stories

Metro Section Cover Story

Metro Section follow-up story

International New York Times

Lens Blog, two posts

Huffington Post, Cancer Family, Ongoing feature story

Daily Mail UK, Cancer Family, Ongoing, Mail Online feature story

Feature Shoot, Cancer Family, Ongoing feature story

Radical History Review, Duke University Press, book cover image and inside feature

New York Photo Festival exhibition, Sandy Devastation

Open Show NYC exhibition, Home, Featured Presenter, Cancer Family, Ongoing

Cancer Family Ongoing

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