Headshot for the American Society for Clinical Pathology
If you don’t know anything about the American Society for Clinical Pathology… well, me either until a few weeks ago.
Based out of Chicago, Illinois, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) was founded in 1922 and encompasses 130,000 pathologists and laboratory professionals. The ASCP provides programs in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and lab professionals, and publishes textbooks, newsletters, other manuals, and two industry journals. Learn even more about the ways their influence has guided the application and evolution of the pathology and laboratory medicine specialty on their website here.
When I first got the call to photograph one of their members, MUSC resident Kendall Brewer, here in Charleston, I was pretty excited. The best part about my job as a photographer is that literally every day is something completely different and never had I ever photographed a pathologist in their workplace, though I did get to document the new operating rooms at Summerville Medical Center last year (Two words: robot surgeon. So cool!).
Photographing in a laboratory or hospital is a little more complex than many other locations because protecting patient privacy is everyone’s top priority and requires a lot of focus and precaution when staging your shots. Once we had scouted and found some appropriate locations, we took a number of headshot and action shot options for the ASCP.
It was really fascinating getting to look behind the scenes into some of the laboratories at MUSC, it definitely left me with yet more respect for everyone in the medical profession. I can’t imagine handling some of the viruses and pathogens they encounter, I’m happy to stick to cameras!