Diogo Duarte is a London-based, Portuguese image maker specialising in queer self-portraiture and psychological portraiture. With a background in mental health and bereavement support, his primarily photography-based practice explores themes of queerness, ego, identity, expression / repression and mental health.
In 2018, the series he co-created with his collaborator Jessica Mitchell - ‘Sour-Puss: The Opera’ - was a finalist at Portugal’s highest-profile Photography Biennial. In the same year, one of Diogo’s self-portraits won 2nd place in the photography category at the FAPDA Kyoto Award and his series ‘A Prolonged Scream’ was selected as a winner in one of Life Framer’s competitions.
His work has been widely exhibited, including in the UK, Japan, Italy, Canada, Russia and Portugal. His work has sold at auction at Getty Images’ Gallery in London in aid of the mental health charity CALM and at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Canada to support disadvantaged communities to access the arts.
Diogo also facilitates therapeutic photography workshops with charities where he uses photography to enable participants’ self-expression and is a freelance tutor at the London School of Photography.