Photographer Daniel Regan's long-term project aims to raise awareness about Alopecia through a series of arresting portraits.
Alopecia can affect men, women and children of any age and lead to partial or total hair loss. The appearance altering condition affects more than one million people in the UK, but little is known about the exact causes of it. Although it is not damaging to physical health, Alopecia can have destructive effects on a person's confidence and self-esteem and there is currently no known cure. Some alopecia sufferers wear wigs, fake eyebrows, make-up or use eyebrow tattoos, but Daniel's images illustrate how bald really is beautiful.
A group of 10 brave women, men and children stepped in front of the camera for the series of stunning, intimate black and white photographs, which capture the different stages of alopecia — from patches to total baldness. Daniel has been backed by Alopecia UK, a charity set up to provide help and support to people who suffer from hair loss. He said: "I wanted to challenge the traditional images portrayed surrounding body image in today's society and at the same time empower people with Alopecia."
"I want to promote dignity and respect for people who don't conform to what is perceived as 'the norm' and challenge social expectations. I found it incredibly interesting to get to know these people as each one had a different story to tell about how alopecia has affected them.
Daniel is a widely exhibited and published photographer based in London.
Fine artist Agata Cardoso's work primarily focuses on the female form and her subject matter lies within the many complexities of the female body and identity. Her exhibited project focuses on portraits of women affected by breast cancer.
Discussing the project, Agata says: "My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006; two weeks later she underwent a double mastectomy. She had decided that she'd rather live without her breasts and survive, than live with them and die. Although two of my aunts had previously had breast cancer, I'd never of thought that cancer would affect me or my closest family. Supporting my mother through breast cancer, I realised that cancer doesn't mean death, as I had previously thought. My mother was the first woman I had photographed, and ever since then, I have created a series of portraits of women who have recovered from breast cancer.
"We live in a culture that worships youth and an idealized beauty - we are not used to being confronted with physical disfigurement which is a reality for women who have had breast cancer. All the women that I have photographed have come to terms with their bodies and have learned to accept them and love them — something that I find incredible and inspirational."
Agata has self-funded this project leading her to travel across the UK and Portugal creating a body of work that truly reflects this subject as a labour of love.
You don't have to let us know you're coming (everyone's welcome to the private view), but if you do plan to attend either of these events we'd appreciate an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below. Please provide your name, e-mail, telephone number (optional) and names of any guests. We won't share your e-mail and we'll only update you on exhibition details.
Please note that we are currently at capacity for the event on the 19th. Please register your interest at email@example.com and Daniel will get back to you.
A private view will be held at the gallery from 6:30pm - 9:30pm on Monday 14th May 2012. Please RSVP if you wish to attend.
On Saturday 19th May we will be holding an informal social and support event at the gallery that is open to the public, although primarily aimed at those that have been directly or indirectly affected by Alopecia or Breast Cancer. The event will start at 11:00am and will consist of a number of guest speakers with the aim of connecting attendees with relevant support services, providing short educational talks surrounding the conditions, as well as an opportunity to discuss the work.
Talks will include:
— Trustees from both Alopecia UK & Pink Ribbon Foundation discussing the conditions, how to access support services and providing one-to-one informative consultations for those seeking support.
— Finishing Touches, a leading semi-permanent tattooing company discussing their work with both Alopecia and Breast Cancer patients.
— Katie Piper, the victim of a high profile acid attack in 2008, will be giving a short motivational speech guaranteed to inspire confidence.
More speakers to be added. Refreshments will be provided.
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Please direct all press requests to Daniel Regan by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (07885 569782). Below are a selection of low-res images which may be used for press purposes only, as well as the official press release. If you require high res images for print please make a request. If you would like to download the images and press release as a .zip file please click here.
Both Daniel & Agata strongly believe in raising awareness surrounding these two conditions and supporting their relevant charities. Subsequently both projects have the support of leading charities in their field - Alopecia UK & Pink Ribbon Foundation - who tirelessly campaign to make the lives of those affected by these conditions easier. The Uncovered exhibition would not be possible without the kind help, support and sponsorship from:
Since 2006, Finishing Touches have been working towards creating a modern and progressive medical tattooing market. They have trained and now supply over 140 NHS hospitals and private clinics in the UK, Europe, Australia and the USA. Finishing Touches have kindly provided funding towards the Uncovered Exhibition.
Alopecia UK are the UK's leading Alopecia charity providing information, advice and support for people with experience of alopecia areata, alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis. Alopecia UK proudly support the Uncovered Exhibition and to challenge society's norms that affects body image and identity.
The British Association of Dermatologists is the professional organisation for Consultant, Trainee and Staff and Associate Specialist dermatologists in the UK and Eire. B.A.D have been pivotal in help raise awareness by awarding the project an advertising grant.
For over 30 years Metro Imaging has provided quality prints, products and services to the photographic industry and has kindly sponsored the Uncovered Exhibition as a media partner.
The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.