In November 2019, professional photographer Tom Bradley and emeritus professor Diana Lockwood, formally England's only leprologist, visited our projects in India. While there, they met many people affected by leprosy and listened to their stories of hardship, resilience and hope. 

Over the course of 2020, Lepra will tour this photographic exhibition throughout the United Kingdom and India. The aim of the project is to highlight the plight of people affected by leprosy, while also showcasing their ability to have ordinary lives despite their diagnosis. 

Professor Lockwood said, "Leprosy has been a prejudiced disease for centuries. We aim to alter this negative balance through the News Faces of Leprosy project, showing leprosy patients having a normal life, working and having a family. I hope these photographs will stimulate recognition in the general public that people affected by leprosy are strong and can overcome anything."

The true tragedy of leprosy is the very fact that it is curable and yet, millions of people suffer untold cruelty and disability as a direct result of lack of knowledge and lack of medical intervention. Discrimination, violence and ignorance are widespread and it is the aim of this project to further the cause of the people fighting against the disease. 

Tom Bradley, a professional photographer with a specialist interest in leprosy said of the project, "I have photographed and interviewed somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 people affected by leprosy over the last 10 years. Many of the people we have met on this particular trip have contracted leprosy since I started photographing the disease. It is terrible that a disease that has had a free cure since the 1980's is still affecting so many, and destroying lives physically, mentally and socially.

These stories from India are only a drop in the ocean compared to the suffering of some out there. I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with Diana and the Lepra team in Hyderabad, working to help build an image of leprosy that is dignified, and intends to bring hope and courage to those affected." 

The stories from our New Faces of Leprosy exhibit are emotional, but not uncommon with regards those affected by leprosy. 

If you would like to help us create a world in which leprosy no longer destroys lives, please Donate Here. A little goes a long way at Lepra. 

As this is a travelling exhibition, we are constantly looking for new spaces to host the exhibit. If you or your organisation would be interested in hosting our exhibition, please contact Natasha via email [email protected] or via phone on 01206 216 700.