To coincide with International Day of Older People (1 Oct), Age International and The Guardian are displaying a series of photographs that depict the strength and dignity of older people from around the world.
What: Age International and The Guardian ‘Strength for Life’ photography exhibition
Where: St Martin-in-the-Fields Gallery in the Crypt, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH
When: Thursday 29 September – Monday 31 October
The month-long exhibition, titled ‘Strength for Life’, will showcase a series of striking images taken by award-winning Guardian photographer David Levene. David visited Age International’s work in a village in eastern Myanmar (Burma) where two-thirds of people from the middle generation have left to find work in neighbouring Thailand, leaving behind grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
‘Strength for Life’ also features selected images from the Charity’s photography competition, which asked for striking and thought-provoking images of later life around the world. The winner of the Amateur category submitted a stunning image of women diving in South Korea, and the winner of the Professional category, provided a beautiful and dignified portrait of an older woman in Myanmar.
The exhibition aims to raise awareness of what life is like for older people and their families living in poverty around the world. Age International works in more than 30 developing countries, helping older people with emergency relief and long-term development programmes. The Charity helps older people in developing countries to escape poverty, receive the right kind of healthcare, survive emergencies and have their contributions to families and communities recognised and valued.
The exhibition will be open from Thursday 29 September to Monday 31 October at St Martin-in-the-Fields Gallery in the Crypt, London WC2N 4JH and is free to visit.