Virtual Exhibition

This special photography exhibition is the brainchild of award-winning photographer Richard Cannon. Over the last two years Richard has voluntarily travelled the length of the UK to photograph 16 people living with MND. His exhibition highlights that MND can affect anyone from any background and that the disease progresses differently for each person. There are two creative concepts behind his work – in the first you will see the person living with MND looking at their loved one who is out of shot, and in the second image you will see the person’s primary carer(s) alongside them.

"I am very aware of the pain caused by MND. It has been an emotional project but one I knew I needed to do to help raise awareness of this terrible disease. What struck me at each photoshoot is the strength of the relationship between each person and their carer – in nearly all of the shoots these have been family members who probably wouldn’t ever even use the term ‘carer’ to describe themselves but are simply doing what they do for their relative out of love as someone’s partner, child or parent. I have found it a real privilege to meet them all and to have been welcomed into their home."

Richard Cannon

Please be aware before entering the exhibition that the images are striking and may provoke an emotional response. Our MND Connect helpline is here to support you on telephone: 0808 802 6262 or email: between 9am-5pm and 7pm-10.30pm Monday to Friday.

We are very grateful to all the families that have allowed Richard and the MND Association into their homes and lives for this exhibition. Sadly, three people with MND who feature in the exhibition have died since their photographs were taken. We are deeply saddened by this news, and incredibly grateful to their loved ones who have kindly allowed us to continue to raise awareness of MND by sharing their images.

Can't see the above virtual exhibition?

You can download the Artsteps app from the App store or Google Play and search for 'Global MND Awareness Day 2022'. There is also the option within the app to view the gallery with a VR headset.

Alternatively you can view all photos in high-resolution in the gallery below...

Meet Richard

Richard Cannon has captured intimate portraits of an eclectic array of public figures including Prince Charles, Sir Peter Hall, Norman Cook, Alan Shearer, Dizzie Rascal and Emily Blunt and some not-so-famous, but equally fascinating- subjects. He has worked for the likes of BBC Music magazine, Country Life and The Times, as well as having exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery.

More information

You can find out more about motor neurone disease as well as raising awareness through Global MND Awareness Day and year round activity at the links below.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262