Getty Images Gallery exhibition explores masculinity and mental health

May 8, 2017 • Company News, Getty Images Gallery

– The Calm Photography Movement opens at the Getty Images Gallery, London

-Exhibition runs 10th – 19th May 2017

-In partnership with the Campaign Against Living Miserably and Lynx

A new exhibition, The Calm Photography Movement, launches at the Getty Images Gallery in Soho on Wednesday 10th May. Coinciding with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the exhibition hopes to spark conversations about masculinity, mental health and self-expression through photography.


The exhibition is a result of a partnership between The Calm Photography Movement (TCPM) and Getty Images, with the aim of changing the way people think about and act towards mental health problems and re-picturing how such issues are seen. TCPM will raise awareness and funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.


The images on display have been selected by an esteemed panel of judges following a competitive brief to both professional and amateur photographers. Entrants were asked to submit photographs that express what it is to be a modern man in today’s fast-changing world, to shine a light on the limitations of traditional masculinity and empower us to think differently about the individual inside. Winning photographs have also been curated into a brochure available for purchase at the exhibition in support of CALM’s work.


Lee Martin, SVP EMEA at Getty Images and founder of the partnership with The Calm Photography Movement said: “There’s still massive stigma around mental illness, and all too often images representing mental health conditions play into narrow and outdated stereotypes. Depicting diversity accurately is one of our biggest priorities at Getty Images, and we’re committed to creating a range of true-to-life, authentic imagery that accurately and sensitively reflects the experience of mental illness. For this reason, our partnership with The Calm Photography Movement could not be more important and we stand as a firm supporter of their movement and of the drive for a more realistic and thoughtful depiction of mental illness.”


Tom Hind, Senior Director of Content Development at Getty Images, and lead on The Calm Photography Movement photography competition agrees: “By evolving the visuals associated with mental health we hope to play a part in improving people’s attitudes and behaviours towards those who are affected. We were delighted to have such strong submissions from photographers, often with notes about their own experiences. The work was of a very high calibre and we can’t wait to share the winning images with the public.”


TCPM founders Scott Shillum & Steve Wallington said: “We have founded The Calm Photography Movement to raise awareness of the role that photography can play in shining a light on men’s mental health after losing close family and friends to suicide in the recent past. The aim of the movement is to raise awareness and funds for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. We are thrilled to have the support of Rankin & Nick Knight, along with the generous support of Lynx, Getty Images, Topman and our other suppliers and partners.”


The judging panel included renowned photographers Rankin, Nick Knight and Monica Takvam, alongside the founders of TCPM Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington, founder of DMB David Birkitt, Senior Director of Content Development at Getty Images Tom Hind, art writer Carrie Scott, Global Vice President Axe / Lynx Rik Strubel and chair of CALM James Scroggs. Judges were tasked with reviewing the entries based on composition, originality, technical skills and observance of the brief.


British fashion photographer Nick Knight states: “In most societies, men feel forced into unrealistic and unachievable roles. This can create isolation, loneliness and despair and so when things go wrong – which in life they invariably do – men can feel they have no-one to turn to and no right to seek help from any quarter.  I believe that the more we break away from using gender as a deciding factor in how we should behave, the more lives will be saved. I wholeheartedly support any initiative that helps raise awareness of male suicide and opens up the conversation, thus reducing this awful and unnecessary waste of precious life and its horrific toll on the wider victims, their friends and families.”


The Calm Photography Movement runs from 10th – 19th May 2017 and admission is free. Getty Images Gallery is situated in central London, just a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus. Opening hours are from 10.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 12.00pm to 5.30pm Saturday.

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