Honorable Mention / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Love, Rebekah

  • Photographer
    Maximiliano Braun

For the better part of 40 years, Rebekah has been trying to recover from the traumatic
events that shaped her life and behaviour. She is vulnerable and more likely to be a
danger to herself than to others. I first met Rebekah in April 2015 and since I started my
work with her in May 2015 I saw how her mental and physical health deteriorated throughout
the space of two years. Rebekah's frail mental health condition means she is often unable
to maintain meaningful relationships, is prone to self harm, had suicidal thoughts and can
be vulnerable to abusive relationships. A mother of three, Rebekah lives on her own hoping
to one day regain the unity of all of her family and find closure with the trauma she's
experienced throughout her life.

I am a documentary photographer and multimedia maker currently based in Berlin and my focus lies with the social and familial costs of medical conditions. My first major project was on families of people with acquired brain injuries in 3 different countries, "Stay With Me" (2008 - 2010) Later, I was invited to work for a project on the quality of life of people with Multiple Scleroris in 12 countries of the EU, "Under Pressure" (2011-2012) , in a team of five photographers. Now, I am finishing "Love, Rebekah" (2015- ) which looks at the life of Rebekah Khan, diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. My interest in the medical field is inspired by my upbringing with an elderly father which, in a way, was my first documentary project, "Dad" (2005 - 2011)

Awards 2009 (student) Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography 2010 Honourable Mention at IPA 2010 Honourable Mention Fotovisura