John Kaplan

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John Kaplan,
Photographer and Filmmaker:
Not As I Pictured

February 2, 2012
6:30 p.m.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Auditorium
Center Building
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497

John Kaplan is a Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer who captured his journey with lymphoma. The result is Not As I Pictured, an autobiographical 54-minute film following his unexpected cancer journey. The film has aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Mitchell Smith, MD, PhD, Director of the Lymphoma Service at Fox Chase, introduced John Kaplan

Humor is used throughout the film to give viewers an emotional break from the intensity of the cancer treatment process. This is from a section, animated in the film, that asks, "Just how does one photograph himself with cancer?" Kaplan is now is full remission and says he looks like himself again.

About John Kaplan

Although the topic is serious, Not As I Pictured is upbeat, very positive, and ends with John’s remission and return to health.

John is now more than two years into remission and feeling fine.

He is one of America's most accomplished photographers, having been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, POY National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, the Overseas Press Club Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant. He has been featured on the PBS' program, Now with Bill Moyers, on CNN, and on NPR's All Things Considered.

In addition to John sharing his inspiring message through film showings and speaking to patients, survivors, support groups, and oncology professionals, a touring photographic exhibition is also planned.

For more information, or to see the trailer, visit