About the Exhibit

At the N.C. Cancer Hospital, our vision of cancer care goes beyond what can be achieved with technology alone. For us, the real face of cancer is the human face—full of grace, dignity and determined will. That’s why we’re celebrating our opening with The New Face of Cancer Care.

You are invited to join us as we open the doors and experience the specially commissioned photography exhibit celebrating the strength and courage of those who fight cancer everyday. Our patients, friends, doctors and nurses whose images and stories serve as inspiration to all. View the Portraits of the New Face of Cancer Care.

New hope, and new possibilities,
for all the people of North Carolina

The North Carolina Cancer Hospital is more than just a new building. As the clinical home of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the hospital represents a new era—one built on three decades of excellence in patient care and groundbreaking research. Where patients will benefit from seeing many specialists in one place, and often in one visit. And where every patient is treated with compassion and respect.

The New Face of Cancer Care exhibit will be displayed in the public spaces of the N.C. Cancer Hospital from Tuesday, September 15, 2009 through Friday, November 13, 2009. If you are interested in having the full or partial exhibit travel to your community, please contact us.


About the Artists


Tamara Lackey
“I find it heartening, the sheer number of smart, dedicated, passionate individuals who are banding together not only to care as well as possible for those with cancer, in such a variety of ways – but who are also doing whatever they can do to fight cancer with such a determined force.”

Tamara is an award-winning photographer whose images have been described as expressive, authentic and moving.  She has received national recognition in her industry, appearing repeatedly in Rangefinder Magazine and Professional Photographer Magazine and speaking regularly at seminars and conventions in the U.S. and abroad.  Tamara’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Vogue, O Magazine, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living, Elle, and Parenting Magazine.  Her photography has also been showcased on The Martha Stewart show and her book, "The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography", is one of the top-selling books in the field.

“There are so many people who stand out to me.  One subject who comes so rapidly to mind is a 6 year-old boy with an infectious grin, a great lion’s growl, a diagnosis of leukemia, and a medical port embedded in his chest.  Maybe it was because he’s my daughter’s age, maybe it was because he was so beautifully personable, or maybe it was because he’s such a vivid reminder that kids are kids are kids, no matter what their experience.  But we had a great deal of fun together.”


Rachel Garrison
“The amount of thought and attention to detail put into this building is, in itself, very inspiring.  I enjoyed seeing the faces of people who entered the hospital for the first time and stood, admiring the architecture and breathing it all in.  I think you can’t underestimate the significance of being in a place that naturally feels very healing.  During this project I came to understand that this group of doctors, nurses, staff, and patients, at various stages in recovery, truly functions as a team.  On more than one occasion during shooting, we had an overlap where participants struck up a conversation, sharing hugs and words of encouragement.  I found those exchanges very moving.”

Senior Associate Photographer Rachel Garrison has a fresh eye for detail and a strong passion for capturing the unique experience of individual’s relationships and interactions with each other.  She has a natural ability to establish meaningful, personal connections with her subjects which help her in creating beautiful, relaxed portraits.  Rachel’s work has been showcased in a variety of publications, including The Knot Weddings Magazine, Our State Magazine, Carolina Parent Magazine, Premier Baby & Child.

“My very first subject on the first day of photography was a woman in the process of receiving treatment for breast cancer.  We have a few things in common; we are nearly the same age and our husbands are in the same line of work.  She blew me away with her energy and enthusiasm for her life, exactly as it is.  I was just captivated by her and have thought of her strength many times since we met.”

Read Rachel’s blog post about the opening of the N.C. Cancer Hospital.

Neil Boyd

“When I was asked to work on this project I was really excited, as the subject matter is so close to my heart. My mother is a cancer survivor (20 years) and the hard work and innovation put in by her doctors allowed her a miraculous recovery. The new hospital is an awesome building and will create a great working environment for the team at UNC to continue to develop their own work in cancer treatment.”  

Neil Boyd is the owner of Neil Boyd Photography, a commercial and portrait studio based in Raleigh, NC. Neil, a native of the UK, has been a professional photographer for ten years having studied photography at Kensington & Chelsea College in London. Neil has recently been awarded an Associateship of the British Institute of Professional Photographers, the world’s oldest and most prestigious photographic Institution. Neil is also a member of many other photographic institutions both here in the US and abroad.
Neil’s work has been featured in many publications including educational journals for other professional photographers. Neil moved to the US in 2003, when he established Neil Boyd Photography. The studio now has 3 full-time employees and three other Associate Photographers. Neil’s work includes commercial and privately commissioned portraits.

“I have worked in many hospital environments so I knew how hard working and dedicated the staff at UNC would be. I enjoyed working with all of the staff I met at the hospital. They all appeared so dedicated to the various roles that they perform. I guess if I had to single out one subject it would be Dr. Sha Chang. She is really respected by ALL her own colleagues yet extremely modest in her achievements.”


View the Portraits of the New Face of Cancer Care.