Photography x Mental Health (Launch)

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In many of our advanced societies and cities around the world, mental health issues are on the increase. Amsterdam is no different. For example, over 550,000 Dutch adults suffer from depression each year*. Yet we don’t talk about it.

How can we explore the issue through a creative lens and break the taboo surrounding it?

We’ve briefed 10 photographers to explore the subject of mental health, either through a personal story or that of a subject. Opening on Thursday, May 24, the exhibition of works and stories will run through to Sunday, May 27.

At our launch event, we’ll have guest speaker Steve Wallington (The Photography Movement, UK) and in-conversations with some of the photographers. Some of the works will be available to buy with all profits donated to a local mental health foundation.

Please join us for an evening of inspiration, reflection, and discussion.

Access to the event is free, but we have limited availability so please sign up via the Eventbrite link.


This event is brought to you by Made By People Lab, part of A City Made By People network. Across our network of 24 cities and 100+ correspondents our mission is to deliver insights, projects and collaborations which make cities more liveable. We bring together different groups; such as brands, institutions, organizations, the municipality and citizens, to raise awareness and positively impact cities across our network.

The Photography x Mental Health experience is a collaboration between Made By People Lab and TOMS, the lifestyle brand with giving at its core.

Thanks to design firm SAI (Society of Arts and Interaction) for hosting and co-producing this exhibition.

*Mental Health Foundation Netherlands