Contribute to Cancer Research in Memory of Artem

Artem Petrossian (Jan 13, 1985 - Jan 8, 2012)

My brother, Artem Petrossian, was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Synovial Sarcoma when he was 23 years old. He battled the disease for over 3 years before passing away on January 8th, 2012. During this period of time, he underwent 4 major surgeries, 2 less invasive surgeries, 3 chemotherapy regimens, and 2 radiation regimens.  He also tried a variety of alternative treatments including IV vitamin therapy and detoxification.  You would think that everything he went through would leave him with little time, energy, and strength to do the things he loved but he refused to allow cancer to define him.  I’m so proud of what he was able to take part in and accomplish in the face of such a dreaded disease.  Photography was just one of the things that he continued to pursue in between surgeries and treatments and he left his family with a wealth of photographs that will let us see the world through his eyes forever.  I picked out a few of my favorite photos that he took over the past three years and I hope these photos can help raise money to donate towards cancer research or simply inspire someone to continue to pursue their passions no matter what obstacles they face.

Purchase the photo(s) you like and you will be sent a poster-sized print of the photo that you can frame and display.  Poster sizes will vary depending on which photos are selected, either 11 x 14, 12 x 18, 16 x 20, or 10 x 26. All proceeds will be donated to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative in memory of Artem.  I will keep this page updated with the total amount raised. We will make the donation in one lump sum after the 40th day of his passing is commemorated on February 19th (this ceremony is known as “karasoonk” in Armenian culture).

All photos are $100.00, you can pay online by credit card or email me at Artin.Petrossian@gmail.com if you would prefer to send a check. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. Thanks for your generosity.

Update 1/28 – Thanks to everyone for supporting this cause.  I’m proud to announce that we have reached our initial goal of $5,000 and there is still plenty of time left to raise more.

Side Note: I have placed most of the photo orders through Snapfish - they were kind enough to offer a 50% discount on all of my orders and they will ship the photos directly to most of you in a week or so.  I contacted a few other photo printing services about offering a discount for this cause to reduce printing costs and I was particularly upset by Shutterfly’s response which was a one line response that read “Shutterfly does not offer donations”.  It made no sense because I never asked them for a donation I just asked for a discount code since I would be placing such a large order.  Just thought I would share that information to give people an idea of how different customer service can be between similar companies.

Update 2/12 – Thanks everyone for the continued support. I ordered and shipped the first set of prints so hopefully many of you should have your photos by now. If you ordered before January 26th and still have not received your photos please let me know because they should have been delivered already. I am going to place another order tomorrow for the remaining orders that are from January 27th and later.

As of right now we have raised about $7,500 with one week still remaining! We have already far surpassed our goal of $5,000 and hopefully we can make one last push to get closer to $10,000. So please, continue to spread the word!. And a special thanks to those of you who have posted such positive feedback about the photos you have received. Our family has been touched by all of the support.

Update 2/29 – We reached our final goal of $10,000 and mailed the donation check to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative yesterday! Thanks everyone for making Artem’s Photography Fundraiser a huge success! For those who still want to participate, the pictures will remain available for purchasing and all proceeds will continue to be donated to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative in memory of Artem.


“Bateau sur la Seine”, Paris, France (2008)


“Big Ben”, London, UK (2008)


“Hripsime Church”, Echmiadzin, Armenia (2008)


“Lake Sevan”, Armenia (2008)


“Noravank”, Armenia (2008)


“Armenian Genocide Memorial”, Yerevan, Armenia (2008)


“Peaceful Lake”, Gaithersburg, Maryland (2010)


“Geese Flyover”, Gaithersburg, Maryland (2010)


“Forlorn Door” (2009)


“Rusted Pipe” (2009)


“Schoolyard Bench” (2010)


“Artem’s Pond”, Gaithersburg, Maryland (2010)


“Little Seneca Lake”, Boyds, Maryland (2010)


“Autumn Bridge”, Central Park, New York (2009)


“Ducks and a Bridge”, Central Park, New York (2009)


“Reflecting Bridge”, Central Park, New York (2009)


“City’s Edge”, East River, New York (2009)


“East River at Dawn”, New York (2009)


“City over the Park”, Central Park, New York (2009)


“Row of Boats”, Black Hill Park, Maryland (2010)

There's 15 Comments So Far

  • Katie Brandon
    January 9th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    These are all absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to by one of the East River photos.

  • Matilda Winans
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:25 am

    These pictures are beautiful and so is the picture of Artem. I never saw him with a gotee. It looked great on him! This is a great idea and a wonderful way to keep his memory alive. I can’t wait to receive my picture.

  • Christina Berberian
    January 10th, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I absolutelty love this idea Artin. It is a great way to remember and honor your brother. I love the “Geese Flyover” picture because if you notice…you can see his shadow in the bottom right hand corner of the picture. In a way…he will always be with you. I am definately going to buy one of these I just cant decide which one I like more! They are all so wonderful.

  • Sasoon Petrosian
    January 10th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    This is amazing. His name will always shine on us till we meet again. I am so proud of you. You are a special brother.

  • Cara Beverage
    January 10th, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Amazing color, so vivid! What a good photographer and an inspiring individual. My favorite is Geese Fly Over.

  • MiMi Olsson
    January 11th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Beautiful pictures………my favorite is City’s Edge….

  • Coach Tolbert
    January 11th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    It was a pleasure to have known Artem. What a wonderful young man. The photos are amazing. Coach Tolbert

  • Sylvia Nightingale
    January 11th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    What beautiful pictures! Will you be showing any others? Even if they are not for sale, it would be such a pleasure to view them.
    This is such a lovely way to honor your brother and serve such a needy cause.

  • Jane Smith
    January 15th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Beautiful! What a wonderful idea. Can you add a facebook link on here so we can share this site with others?

  • Adam Rubin
    January 15th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I knew Artem was a great, humble guy who was quick and unselfish on the basketball court. I didn’t know he had this talent as a photographer. Getting these terrific photos out while raising money for this cause is a beautiful gesture.

  • Aramik Allahverdian
    January 30th, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    You’re a true artist Artem! and a hero! you’ll always be my hero and inspiration!

  • Arlet
    February 12th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Love you Artem so much! I am so happy to see these pictures and show that how talented my cousin was. I miss you and think about you lots. I’m still looking for the perfect frame to put your picture in. :-)

  • Sophia
    February 19th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Thank you for putting this together. We look forward to displaying Artem’s photography in our home and donating to cancer research. Love, Zakar, Pat & Sophia Shahverdian

  • Shilpa
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I was Artem’s classmate from elementary school through middle school and just saw this. I’m kind of still in shock as to what has transpired but am so glad to have seen his work. He was truly such an amazing guy and wow, so talented! These photos are absolutely beautiful…really stunning work. I wish you and your family the utmost amount of peace and comfort as you continue to shine Artem’s light on everyone through his talent and kindness.

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