USA- Photographer Bob Carey’s much anticipated compilation of self-portraits in a tutu will be available September 2012. Ballerina, a hard cover 9 x12 book with a foreword by Amy Arbus, showcases color photographs and back-stories about the journey behind the images. The captured images present both impertinent playfulness and vulnerability, themes that run though-out much of Carey’s work. The project has taken Carey from Italy to Times Square, and he hopes to turn the photos of himself into an inspirational force behind breast cancer awareness. Net proceeds from the sale of Ballerina will go directly to The Carey Foundation, a non-profit organization established by Carey and his wife Linda to provide support to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their family members.
Carey has always had a unique approach to self-portraits. In 2002, when he was asked by Arizona Ballet to interpret what ballet meant to him, Carey donned a tutu and took a bow. He continued using this pink piece of tulle to express himself and in 2003 this quickly turned into a way to cope with his wife Linda’s breast cancer diagnosis. When he realized that these images helped her, and others dealing with this disease by bringing laughter into their lives, The Tutu Project was born. The project has received worldwide acclaim and helped fund the self-publishing of Ballerina.
THE CAREY FOUNDATION
The Carey Foundation’s mission is to provide financial and therapeutic support to women diagnosed with breast cancer and their family members. We raise awareness with the help of The Tutu Project, a photographic journey of a man and his tutu, created by photographer Bob Carey and his wife Linda. The Foundation will seek to alleviate the stress and burden of breast cancer so that individuals can focus on life.