Dear World: Powerful Portraits of The Boston Marathon Survivors


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”


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”


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