Linda Kessler photographs
children with disabilities and special needs including cerebral palsy,
ADD, muscular dystrophy, Downs Syndrome, blindness and cancer.
A family with twin girls is portrayed in this portfolio. One daughter
has cerebral palsy, while the other is typically developing.
For five years, in the 1980s, Linda Kessler worked as a child
life therapist and supervised the art, play and recreational therapy
program of the pediatric department at the Hospital for Joint Diseases/Orthopaedic
Institute in New York City. This experience was the beginning of her
interest in hospitalized children, children of disabilities, and children
of special needs.
Her experience confirms her patience, compassion and love of children,
so evident in her recent poignant photographs.