In this week’s issue, Elif Batuman writes about a mysterious, fatal kidney disease known as Balkan endemic nephropathy (subscription required): http://nyr.kr/13z681j
Photographer Carolyn Drake travelled through Croatia and Bosnia with Batuman. “Trying to photograph a disappearing disease was not an easy task,” Drake said, “but the lack of literal content opened the door to visual suggestion.” Click-through for a look at her photos: http://nyr.kr/16xoXVj
Above: A patient suffering from Balkan endemic nephropathy receives dialysis at a clinic in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. For patients with diseases like BEN, dialysis rarely buys more than five to ten years.
Below: A BEN patient finishes lunch while receiving dialysis at a clinic in Croatia. Coppery skin discoloration is one of the symptoms of the disease.