the time Jean Karotkin was diagnosed with breast cancer, she found herself at a stage in her life she had never anticipated. In the wake of a troubled marriage, she had no true identity of her own and her self-esteem was gone. Refusing
to give up or give in, she garnered the strength needed to beat the disease and, in the process, turned her tragedy into a rebirth, both professionally and personally. Ironically, breast cancer gave her the power to make life changes
and decisions shenever thought she could manage. Karotkin heard women relate their fears of no longer being attractive, no longer being whole, no longer being feminine and recognized that it was their stories she wanted to document using her newly developed
talents in fine art photography; to show her "sisters-in-spirit" ? and the world ? that their perceptions were unfounded. Though still relatively unknown in the photographic field, Karotkin, on the sheer power of her images,...