Photojournalist Borowick ’07 documents family’s cancer struggles


Union alumna and award–winning humanitarian photojournalist Nancy Borowick ’07 is currently working on a new and exciting project, a book entitled “The Family Imprint: A Daughter’s Portrait of Love and Loss.”

An intimate moment is captured by Borowick as her cancer-stricken parents, Laurel and Howie, embrace one another in a small display of affection. Courtesy of Nancy Borowick
An intimate moment is captured by Borowick as her cancer-stricken parents, Laurel and Howie, embrace one another in a small display of affection. Courtesy of Nancy Borowick

The book is due to be released this spring. The project branches off Borowick’s previous photo series, “Cancer Family Ongoing,” which documents the lives and deaths of Borowick’s parents, Laurel and Howie Borowick, who underwent stage–four cancer treatments simultaneously. The photo series earned her praise in top tier publications, including the New York Times, and went on to be featured in various exhibitions, such as the Visa Pour l’Image inPerpignan (2014) in France.

A graduate of the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography, Borowick began her prolific career as an undergraduate at Union College, where she studied anthropology and photography.

During her time at Union, Borowick was professionally published for her achievements in several national student photography contests, including the 27th Annual College Photography Contest (2007), where she was a finalist for her black-and-white image, “Reann,” taken during her term abroad in Barbados. Borowick also served as photo editor for the Concordiensis and was a student of Martin Benjamin, a visual arts professor. Her work has also appeared in the Wikoff Student Gallery in the Nott Memorial.

Today, Borowick is based in Guam and has many awards under her belt, including winner of the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture (2015) as well as earning second place in the Long-Term Projects category in World Press Photo. Borowick’s work can be found all over the globe. Her work has been exhibited in many installments, such as the Look 3 Photography Festival in the U.S. to the International Photo Festival in Holland. Other locations where her art is exhibited are Germany, Malaysia, Cambodia and Sweden.

Upon learning of her parents’ cancer diagnosis and fast decline in 2012, Borowick turned to her camera lens to help herself along with her family cope. Borowick’s photo series illustrated the couple’s last months and memories before Howie’s death on Dec. 7, 2013, with Laurel following a year later, passing away on Dec. 6, 2014. According to Borowick, “Cancer Family Ongoing,” and “The Family Imprint,” depict “what love and life look like in face of death.”

By May 23, 2017, “The Family Imprint,” will be available for pre-order on Amazon and However, many of the project’s photos have already been published in various publications around the world, as well as having been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the New York Times. The book has earned Borowick rave reviews, including CNN critic, Elizabeth Johnson, who referred to “The Family Imprint,” as “one of the most poignant personal stories I’ve seen.”

Borowick’s other credentials include being a regular contributor to the “International Herald Tribune,” “National Geographic PROOF,” “Time Magazine,” “Washington Post,” “Corbis,” “LensBlog” and the news channel CNN. Additionally, as a Union alumna, some of Borowick’s pieces can be found in the new Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts.


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