27 Pulse survivors, family members and first responders share their stories


The Dear World project is an interactive portrait series that combines storytelling with written messages on skin. Organizers of the project came down to Orlando to document stories of those affected by the mass shooting that killed 49 people at the gay nightclub Pulse on June 12, 2016. The result: Dear World Orlando, a photo series that captures survivors of that night, families of the 49 victims and first responders as they reflect on their healing and recovery process.

"Dear World honors the people who passed away, saved lives, comforted the injured and buried loved ones a year ago," says Robert X. Fogarty, Dear World founder, in a statement. "I cherish the opportunity to listen and share these deeply personal stories from people who are bound by a nightmare that nobody should ever have to endure."

The portraits are accompanied by full-length stories that you can read at Dear World Orlando.

June 9, 2017 | Photos by Photos by Dear World / Daymon Gardner