Not Defined by Diagnosis

Inner Greatness Made Visible

Allowing Individuality to be

Seen & Heard

Exhibiting Imagination

Creating Projects in the World of Medicine to Communicate, Educate and Transform the Experience from Isolation to Connection

Photo ID

Photo ID was born as a result of  “Not Defined by Diagnosis", a Photo Workshop and its resulting Exhibit that put cameras in the hands of teens and young adults with life threatening illnesses at Montefiore Children’s Hospital, allowing them to “speak” about their experiences in words and images. It made it obvious that sometimes portraits of greatness are found in unexpected places.

A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.

Dorothea Lange

Our Vision

In establishing this organization, Annie Levy, joined by others, has turned her eye to the world of medicine. We work with various groups, primarily young people with life threatening illnesses to create projects that allow them to be seen and heard. We exhibit their inner greatness, create connections and allow them to show “a love of the game” wherever that is found. We strive to integrate their voices in the world of medicine to communicate, educate and transform the experience for both patient and practitioner. We stress the importance of “person” regardless of the setting or diagnosis.

Along the Way

jeremiahWe have created projects at sites including the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Care Center, Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and the CARES Program at Roosevelt Hospital. We have partnered on projects with the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and continue to do so. Most recently, with grants from both the Fred J. Epstein Foundation and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, we will continue our “Patient Voice” work, engaging young people in sharing their experiences to educate those working in the world of medicine.

CURRENT PROJECTS

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Patient Voice

Patient Voice was made possible by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, created in collaboration with the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. We worked with an amazing group of young people who created images which they narrated for a video to describe their own experiences – My Diagnosis, The World of Medicine (the good and the bad) and What Keeps Me Going.

Most recently, with grants from both the Fred J. Epstein Foundation and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, we continue our “Patient Voice” work, engaging young people in sharing their experiences to educate those working in the world of medicine.

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OUR SUPPORTERS & FUNDERS

Photographers, Artists and Organizations who have given generously of their time and talents

Waterside Plaza

Waterside Plaza
NYC Real Estate

Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Healthcare

Fred J. Epstein Pediatric Care Foundation

Fred J. Epstein Pediatric Care Foundation
Healthcare

Adam Moran

Adam Moran
Photographer

Scratch

Scratch
DJ Academy

Michael Kamber

Michael Kamber
Photo Journalist

5Pointz & Meres One

5Pointz & Meres One
Graffiti Artist

Ivan Mora

Ivan Mora
Glass Artist

Coral Software

Coral Software
Developer

ABOUT

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Annie Levy

Annie Levy

www.annielevy.com

With a special focus on the world of medicine, Annie’s work has been in developing and creating portrait projects that transform the way we see people. As a result of her work with young people at Montefiore Children's Hospital on a photo project they entitled "Not Defined By Diagnosis" she saw a need for an organization whose mission is to continue to create such projects, putting various tools to do so in the hands of young people impacted by diagnoses. The goals are to allow them to share their experiences - communicate to each other and the larger world, educate those in the world of medicine and transform their experience from isolation to connection - Photo ID came to life.

As a result of her enthusiasm about her subjects, Annie is frequently asked to speak at conferences and present to groups, using the projects she has created to discuss such topics as Visual Messaging, Health Care Design, Images and Aging, as well as concepts related to overall project development and design.

Included in her speaking engagements are the New York Times Company Foundation’s program for journalists at the International Longevity Center, John A. Hartford Foundation Communications Conferences, and the American Society on Aging’s National Conference. Most recently she was the keynote speaker for The Center for Health Design’s Environments and Aging Conference. Annie was also recently invited to lecture at Sarah Lawrence in the Health Care Advocacy Department and also conducted a Grand Rounds presentation at Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, NYC. She has her BFA from NYU Film School.

Click here for information about Annie’s nomination for the New York Post’s Liberty Medal for Leadership which she was awarded for her work with young people at Montefiore Children’s Hospital.



Paul White

Paul White

As a New York City photographer, storytelling has always been a central part of Paul’s photography. After leaving Detroit, Paul was inspired to photograph the binding forces that arise out of these communal and shared hardships. “It just seems to be the glue that binds us,” Paul states, “the idea that we are all traveling together to overcome hardships. The aspiration I've seen – which seemingly comes out of thin air – that’s what I want to capture!”

Assisting Annie in the Photo ID Foundation projects and exhibitions, Paul brings his unique perspective to the work and the photojournalism necessary to share these experiences. With a strong background in photography, graphic arts and web based design, Paul brings a keen sense of all three to the projects and works with Annie and the young people to discover and create the best possible manner in which to display and exhibit the work.