Photographer Max Gerber — he shoots for TIME, Newsweek, LA Weekly, and more — finished up a project very near and dear to his heart earlier this year — a book of photographs and interviews that documents kids with congenital heart defects. The best thing about the book, called “My Heart vs. The Real World,” is that it includes gorgeous portraits of kids doing regular kid stuff. Gerber documents their lives as they live them — meaning they are not necessarily defined entirely by their heart troubles. Yes, they have pacemakers and doctor’s visits and hospital stays, but they are also just regular kids, and Max snaps their portraits as he does in his professional work — with great sensitivity and a fabulous eye for detail and composition. You can check out some of the snaps on Max’s blog.
Full of HeartOctober 20, 2008