Diogo Duarte is a Lisbon-born, London-based image maker specialising in self-portraiture and psychological portraits. His background in mental health and bereavement support enables him to create outstanding imagery that goes beyond the boundaries of traditional photography. His personal work and the images he creates for clients evolve out of processes of psychological exploration which reveal untold stories. His unique perspective and collaborative approach inspire the creation of photographs that are full of meaning and personal revelation. Each image is more than a simple picture, it is a celebration of self. In his latest series “Unconscious Commands and Judgements of our Century”, a self-portrait project, Diogo “performs” different aspects of his personality in front of the camera with the intention of creating an inner dialogue of self-acceptance. The staged photographs where every single character plays a role in the conversation, are almost knee jerk reactions to notions he has always been conflicted by such as sexual expression, sexual orientation and gender identity. From image to image, characters seem to talk to each other in a constant swing between freedom of expression and repression. Diogo’s work has been exhibited in the UK and has been featured in numerous online art publications. He has been living and working in the UK since 2007.
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