Photographer Captures His Best Friend's Last Day

April 23, 2015 7:50 PM

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Photographer Captures His Best Friend's Last Day

On Mother's Day 2011, photographer B.D. Colen got an unexpected call from his college best friend, Rev. Bill Potter. Potter, a 62-year-old Episcopal clergyman and a heavy smoker who had spent months volunteering at Ground Zero, was dying of lung cancer.

A few weeks later, Colen, who teaches documentary photography at MIT, traveled to visit Potter at a hospice in New Hampshire. It was clear when he arrived that Potter didn't have much time left. Colen asked the family if he should take photographs; they said yes. The result is a series of hauntingly...

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