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Spotlight: Whitworth to screen Kaplan documentary

John Kaplan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who worked at The Spokesman-Review in the early 1980s, will present a documentary about his battle with lymphoma at Whitworth University on March 15. Kaplan enlisted the help of his doctors, family “and even Mother Teresa and a rock star” to make his film, according to a news release from Whitworth. The film, “Not as I Pictured: A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer’s Journey Through Lymphoma,” started airing on PBS stations in September and has won several film festival honors.

Diagnosed with lymphoma, photographer turned lens on himself

At the beginning of his photojournalism career in Spokane, John Kaplan took a photo of a man dressed in a bunny costume on Easter Sunday. The man’s job was to entice customers into a doughnut shop. Kaplan, then 23, followed the man into the break room, where he removed the bunny head to light up a smoke. He puffed wearily on the cigarette, his eyes a distant stare.