Douglas Despres

Photographer
     
Compassion and Choices
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Nationality: American
Biography: Douglas Despres is an documentary and portrait photographer (b. 1981), based out of San Francisco Bay. His stories primarily focus on social and human rights issues in the United States. Editorially, he works with non profits & NGO's,... MORE
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Compassion and Choices
Copyright Douglas Despres 2022
Updated Jun 2021
Location Oakland
Topics Aging, Dying/Death, Editorial, Friends + Family, Loss, Photography, Prison
COMPASSION & CHOICES

Compassion & Choices is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered out of Portland, Oregon that deals with end of life issues, rights and advocacy. One of their campaigns featured the high profile case of Barbara Mancini, a registered Pennsylvania nurse who compassionately helped her own terminally ill father pass on at the age of 93. She was prosecuted and eventually acquitted with the aid of Compassion & Choices' ability to galvanize nationwide support and attention to the case. The issue of having the right to assist others in terminally ill situations take their own life with Barbara Mancini was featured on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.

Compassion & Choices brought me in to photograph Barbara for part of their campaign, alongside a filming of her testimony of the events surrounding her actions, and her support for advocating for end of life rights to the terminally ill.

For more about Compassion & Choices and their support and mission, please go to their website at https://compassionandchoices.org/.
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