The Final Days with Diego de San Martin

September 1, 2011

This past July I had to opportunity to spend three weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina where I participated in the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. Under the guidance of workshop instructor and photographer Kael Alford, I spent five days with the San Martin family. Diego, the patriarch of the family, was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer and was told he had less than one year to live.  At this very fragile time his family invited me, a stranger, into their lives and I am grateful for their courage and their kindness through such a difficult time.

Diego de San Martin passed away one week after the completion of this project.

The short multimedia piece below (best with earphones!) includes a poem, spoken and written by Vicky de San Martin, wife of the late Diego. She wrote these words only weeks before he passed away and below is my attempt at the English translation.


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