The Faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The Chronic Fatigue and Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS) has launched a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) photo exhibit called "The Faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" which will travel to cities across the country throughout 2006 and 2007. The exhibit will make its national debut in a public venue at the Mall of America in Minneapolis from August 6-15. The Mall of America is the largest mall in the United States, and mall officials estimate that more than one million people will visit during the 10 days that the CFS photo exhibit will be there. The exhibit will be located on the first floor of the mall in the Macy's Court.
The exhibit features photographs from renowned photographer George Lange. Lange is famous for his fashion photographs and his images of world leaders and celebrities. In portraits of 8 patients and 2 CFS experts, Lange captured the spirit and determination of patients and the doctors and researchers who care about them. The amazing portraits, coupled with a quote from each of the 10 participants, help tell the story of CFS and the life-altering impact it has on patients and their families.
The portraits were printed on 10 huge banners, each more than 7 feet tall. Viewed together, the banners are dramatic. Early response from people who have seen the exhibit has been overwhelmingly positive, and viewers are finding it not only educational but incredible moving and poignant.
The CFS patients whose portraits are part of the photo exhibit are Brian Bernard, Rich Carson, Wilhelmina Jenkins, Jacqueline Niederle, Meaghan Peterson, Kathy Rabin, Adrianne Ryan and Vivian Treves.
Dr. Anthony Komaroff and Dr. David Bell also participated in the photo exhibit. Both are acknowledged CFS experts, having treated CFS patients and conducted research studies on the illness.
The exhibit will be featured at several prominent locations in 2006 and 2007. Click here for more information about CFS.