Disabled people seen at work in new photo exhibition

  • 12 June 2014
Gela La Ghidze at work in a factory using an angle grinder

A photography exhibition which challenges myths about disability and employment has opened in Liverpool.

Featuring large photographs taken in the city and from countries across the world, Working Lives: Here and There shows active disabled people in their places of work.

The images have been created to challenge negative myths surrounding disability and employment. Colin McPherson, one of the photographers, says: "I wanted to produce something that looked positive, direct, optimistic and powerful," and for this the disabled subjects had to be seen working productively, he says.

Laurence Clark on stage in front of a large screen with a picture of him with a man and the subtitle "Yes I am a cripple, you could say"
Laurence Clark has been a comedian for 12 years. He says that many comedy clubs are not wheelchair accessible which makes it difficult for disabled performers and audiences to attend.
Pam Thomas with three woman with dogs jumping up at her in her wheelchair
Pam Thomas is an elected member of Liverpool City Council. She finds there are still many buildings that are not wheelchair accessible.
Terry Dickson in the gym doing weights
Terry Dickman is a re-ablement officer. He feels that declaring a disability on a job application form can eliminate you from the race at the application stage.
Zahra Al Dhamin at the Al Riwaq Artspace
Zahra Al Dhamin is a sculptor from Saudi Arabia
Sarah Bush sitting at a desk holding her stick
Sarah Bush is a VAT Policy Adviser. She says that if it wasn't for adjustments to her work environment she wouldn't be able to stay in paid employment.
Alexandre Luiz and Silas Queiroz on stage wearing masks and laughing
Alexandre Luiz and Silas Queiroz are deaf actors with the group "Palavras Visíveis" (Visible Words).

The exhibition has been commissioned by DaDaFest - a disability and Deaf arts organisation based in Liverpool - and will run until 25 July 2014.

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