Dear World: Powerful Portraits of The Boston Marathon Survivors

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It was almost a year after the Boston Marathon Bombing that photographer Robert X. Fogarty came up with the idea of photographing the survivors and first responders at the finish line a year after the tragic event. But instead of the usual portrait photography, Fogarty asked the survivors before photographing them to write some inspirational messages on their skin or whatever it is they want to say to the world. He named the project “Dear World”.

“These survivors show us what it means to keep moving forward,” Fogarty said. “And I’m honored and humbled that many of them said that the “Dear World” experience has been another component to their healing.” Here are 30 of those moving portraits.

1. “Boston Marathon, Always in My Heart”

Always in My Heart


2. “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”

Can't Stop Won't Stop


3. “Even Stronger”

Even Stronger


4. “Gratitude Jack Claire Tom Hugh”

Gratitude Jack Claire Tom Hugh


5. “His Name Was Martin Richard”

HIS NAME WAS MARTIN RICHARD


6. “Hold Close The Ones You Love”

Hold Close The Ones You Love


7. “Hold Hope”

Hold hope


8. “I Run for Martin”

I Run for Martin


9. “In memoriam of Krystle Campbell”

In memoriam of Krystle Campbell


10. “In memoriam of Lu Lingzi”

In memoriam of Lu Lingzi


11. “In memoriam of Sean Collier”

In memoriam of Sean Collier


12. “It is what it is

It is what it is


13. “Keep Running”

Keep Running


14. “Less Leg, More Heart”

Less Leg, More Heart


15. “Littlest Survivor”

Littlest Survivor


16. “Love is Stronger Than Terror”

Love is stronger than terror


17. “Love This Life”

Love this life


18. “Love Wins”

Love Wins


19. “Never be Ashamed”

Never be Ashamed


20. “Our City, Our Marathon”

Our City Our Marathon


 

21. “Our Past But Not Our Future”

Our Past But Not Our Future


22. “Resilient”

Resilient


23. “Standing Strong Together”

Standing Strong Together


24. “Still standing”

Stil standing


25. “Still Beautiful”

Still Beautiful


26. “Strong and Moving On”

Strong and Moving On


27. “Torn Apart Brought Together”

Torn Apart Brought Together


28. “Unbreakable Heart”

Unbreakable Heart


29. “We Are Boston Strong

We Are Boston Strong


30. “You Can Scar Me, But You Cannot Stop Me”

You Can Scar Me, But You Cannot Stop Me

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