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Photo exhibition fights stigma of mental health
Added: 10th Jan 2018

A personally curated exhibition by photographer Matthew Strong has gone on show to fight the stigma of mental illness.

Matthew’s work spans 20 years with more than 15,000 archived images and film works, and a selection of his photos will be on display at Anise Gallery from 10th January to 13th January, before moving to the Maudsley Long Gallery from 30th January to 27th April.

The exhibition, i.d.s.t, If Destroyed Still True, aims to help fight the stigma of having a mental illness, and to shed a positive light on the subject through the use of photography as a coping mechanism.

Matthew says: “Photography for me is a perfect medium, it’s a solo activity where I get to tell a story, where I get to be the director, to see life with a cinematic vision, capturing moments that if I didn’t then no one else would ever get to see what I see. There is something quite magical about that concept.”

The 20 framed prints at the exhibition take the viewer on a journey, and feature subjects such as shadows, light, dark, reflections, the street, solitude, and perspectives.

All proceeds gained from the sale of prints and a photography book will go to SANE, CALM and Maudsley Charity.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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