The New York Times photography assignment & Sunday centerpiece: “A Dying Young Woman’s Hope in Cryonics and a Future”

In my career as a photojournalist I am often asked what is the most interesting thing I have ever photographed. This has always proven to be something I have never been able to wholeheartedly answer. I have had many unique experiences and have met many fascinating people over the years but there was not that one defining moment or assignment. This changed when I met 23 year old Kim Suozzi and her boyfriend Josh for an assignment for The New York Times. I was allowed in to document the most intimate, strange, optimistic and heartbreaking final days of Kim’s life. Kim was dying of cancer and made the unique choice of freezing her brain with the hope that one day technology and science will allow her to “live”  and “think” again. I first met Kim and Josh and some of Kim’s family and friends at the hospice where Kim was staying. She was awake, alert, talking and smiling. I photographed her a second time, 10 days later, in an apartment in Scottsdale the day before she died. I witnessed Josh taking beautiful care of her in those final hours. Driving home that evening I knew she did not have long to live. The next morning I was called before sunrise that Kim had passed away and the cryogenics team was on their way to set in motion the process of saving Kim’s brain for preservation. As I watched the procedure to save and freeze Kim’s brain I felt both sadness and hope for her future. This story ran as a Sunday A1 centerpiece in The New York Times on September 13, 2015.

Click here to read the full New York Times story by Amy Harmon and watch a documentary video about Kim.