Hope and Strength Exhibition
10 September - 24 November 2018
ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre, Truro
An inspiring new photography exhibition featuring the work of four leading photographers is coming to Cornwall this autumn. Olly Burn, Tom Stoddart, Veronique de Viguerie and Dougie Wallace travelled with response teams from disaster reliefcharity ShelterBox to meet families living through severe drought in Somaliland, devastation in the British Virgin Islands, and to meet Rohingya families living in the refugee camps in Bangladesh. Their photographs form a unique exhibition called Hope and Strength, which opens on 10 September.
Olly Burn is a London-based photographer, who has taken photographs in some of the most challenging locations. Tom Stoddart is one of the world's most respected photojournalists and veteran of documenting many of the most serious issues of our time. Veronique De Viguerie is a multi-award winning French photographer, experienced in taking photos in the Middle East and conflict areas across the world. Dougie Wallace is internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and a distinct direct style of expressive street photography. The exhibition illustrates how the work of ShelterBox gives support and strength to families living their lives after disaster. The exhibition shows people and communities working together to help each other, sharing what little they have, rebuilding their lives on a foundation of hope.
Chris Warham, ShelterBox CEO, said, ""We meet people every day who have lost everything, forced from their homes by violence, flooding or famine. But we also see communities working together to help each other, sharing what little they have, rebuilding their lives on a foundation of hope. In circumstances defined by violence and tragedy, families show courage, determination and resilience. These stunning photos by four very different photographers capture these beautiful stories and show the incredible power people possess to carry on and be hopeful."
"The photos are bursting with life", said Andy Bramwell, Visitor Experience Manager at ShelterBox, "and they perfectly capture the dignity and resilience of ordinary people who've been through unimaginable things. The exhibition is called Hope and Strength, and it's really the perfect title as that's the lasting impression you get of the people in the photos – despite everything they are full of hope and strength. ShelterBox is lucky to have worked with such skilled photographers and we are looking forward to sharing the photos with the public.
The exhibition is displayed at the ShelterBox Disaster Relief Visitor Centre, Truro, from Monday 10 September to Friday 24 November. Admission is free.
More information on the exhibition available here