Curator Selection / 2021 / /

Defying the Myth 2020

  • Photographer
    Carol Allen-Storey
  • Credit
    Carol Allen-Storey

During the Covid-19 lockdown, I conducted weekly Zoom sessions with the families featured in my long-term personal project; ‘Defying the Myth’ which chronicles the untold stories of families who ‘Defy the Myths’ creating safe and enduring worlds for their progeny living with severe disabilities. Their world is little known nor understood by the general public. In the Zoom sessions, they shared their innermost feelings about managing their challenges during the pandemic and also revealed dark secrets about their past which had never been discussed before.

Carol Allen Storey is an award-winning documentary photo journalist specialising in chronicling complex humanitarian and social issues.

“My images are intimate, about issues and citizens I deeply care about. I believe photographs may not be capable of doing the moral work for us, but they can trigger the process of social consciousness.”

In 2000 Carol graduated Central St. Martins, Master Photography Programme with distinction. Storey’s further degrees include an MA at Columbia University and a BA at Syracuse University. A native New Yorker, Storey resides in London

Awards 2020 Winner Julia Margaret Cameron Award
2020 Winner Photojournalism, Color Awards
2020 Finalist AOP Award photojurnalism
2019 1st prize series IPPAWARDS
2019 Association of Photographer, finalist portrait
2018. Lens Culture B&W finalist, juror’s choice
2018 Julia Margaret Cameron Award, nominee
2018 One Eyeland, Landscape finalist
2018 IPA 2nd prize editorial
22014 - PX3 Award Feature stories: ‘CROSSINGS’:Silver, ‘Fractured Lives’ and Bronze
2014 - International Spider Awards – nominee
2014 - Kontinent Awards finalist
2013 - New York Photography Festival finalist
2013 - Social Documentary annual award finalist
2013 - Kontinent Awards – Finalist documentary projects
2013 - ‘Act of Kindness Award – First Prize
2013 - International Spider Award - nominee
2013 - Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Award - exhibition
2012 - Photo Annual Award – Motion Series Honourable mention
2012 - PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris – Honourable Mention Altered Images
2012 - Photocrafti Award finalist
2012 - The Moving Walls International exhibition
2011 - The Press Photographer’s Year - finalist
2011 - Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Award - exhibition
2011 - Lucie Foundation Scholarship – short listed
2011 - Social Documentary Competition - finalist
2011 - One Life International Portfolio Award – short listed
2011 - International Spider Award - finalist photojournalism and portrait series
2010 - New York Photography Festival – nominee single editorial
2010 - International Lucie Photography Awards – honourable mention three editorial essays
2010 -International Spider Awards – finalist photojournalism and portrait
2009 - International Spider Award - finalist photojournalism and portrait series
2009 - Taylor Wessing National Portrait Gallery Award – exhibition
2009 - New York Photography Festival - finalist
2008 - The Press Photographer’s Year – finalist
2008- International Spider Awards - finalist for photojournalism