Please don’t die, Dad… Shin Noguchi documents the decline of his dear father with stage IV lung cancer

Shin Noguchi is an award-winning photographer based in Kamakura and Tokyo, Japan. The following series of images documents his dad’s final years and, ultimately, his death from lung cancer. It is an incredibly intimate portrait of Shin’s father and close family. On the one hand, it is an extremely personal story, yet on the other hand, losing a parent to cancer is something, with which a vast number of people can identify.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of new cases of cancer is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades. Cancer is already the second leading cause of death globally, and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015, while tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally. Statistics also show that lung cancer mainly occurs in older people – approximately 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.

HARUO NOGUCHI, June 28th 1930 – Sep 6th 2017


You can see more of Shin’s work on his website and Instagram.

November is lung cancer awareness month. Visit the LCAM website to find out more.

To learn more about the causes and treatment of cancer please visit the WHO website.

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  • I feel really privileged to see these and share this memory with the photographer and his family. What a beautiful memorial and crafted with love and skill. This is what great photography can do. Thank you.

  • Thank you Shin for sharing. Sad for your loss, but I hope these images will be more smiles than tears as the years go on. You clearly loved your dad, which means he was a good father. A true blessing. Cheers from Down Under, BvR.

  • how impressive. it must have taken courage to take photo’s of your father . it must have been so painful. thank you so much for sharing this

  • “Please father don’t die ..” is a cry that touched me in my heart .. we all know we all die .. please stay with me .. but life goes on. This series transcent the emotions and thoughts into my system .. great work. thanks.

  • Powerful and true emotions, which a reader can receive from this side of the screen. Two, or maybe three or four or five acts in the same time: of an old man, illness, his son, photo artist and the life itself, which take all of us one day.

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