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The Calm Photography Movement comes to a close

The inaugural Calm Photography Movement 2017 exhibition at Getty Images Gallery, London, has raised over £17,000 for CALM. But fear not, as this is just the beginning of something rather special…

Scott Shillum and Steve Wallington, both of whom have lost family and friends to suicide, founded the Calm Photography Movement with support from our partners Topman and Lynx. The exhibition aimed to provoke discussion on masculinity and mental health, as well as raising awareness and funds for CALM, and ran from May 10 – 19 at the Getty Images Gallery.

CALM CEO Simon Gunning said: “These images of masculinity are so fluid. They’re so different. Every single one gives you a different perspective of what being a bloke in 2017 is about.”

Amateur and professional photographers submitted images which shine a light on the limitations of traditional masculinity. Entries from members of the public were judged by an esteemed panel, including Nick Knight and Rankin. All images were included in a brochure, while the photos on show went to silent auction with all proceeds going to CALM.

TCPM co-founder Scott Shillum told the Evening Standard: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest and have received over 2000 entries from over 40 different countries, which is a testament to the power of photography”

Our pals at came along to TCPM’s opening night. Watch their film below, featuring Scott and Steve, Simon Gunning, singer-songwriter Frank Turner and various photographers.

As part of the nine day exhibition, a free panel discussion took place at the gallery. TCPM’s themes were dissected by Simon Jack (BBC Business Editor), Poorna Bell (Executive Editor of HuffPost UK and author of Chase the Rainbow), Casey Moore (photographer and artist/Band of Brothers project), James Scroggs (CALM’s Chair of Trustees), and co-founders Scott and Steve.

The silent auction marked the culmination of the exhibition. Take a look at the photo gallery from the night. Keep an eye out for TCPM updates – the Movement will be back and bigger in future.

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