Diogo Duarte is an Edinburgh-based, Portuguese image maker specialising in queer self-portraiture and psychological portraits of other people. With a background in mental health and bereavement support, his primarily lens-based practice explores themes of queerness, ego, identity, expression and repression and mental health.
His personal work and the images he creates for clients evolve out of processes of psychological exploration which reveal untold stories. Diogo's unique perspective and collaborative approach inspire the creation of images that are full of meaning and personal revelation. Each work is a celebration of self.
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, USA, Canada, Russia and Portugal. His work was sold at auction at Getty Image’s 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 workshops with charities where he uses photography to enable self-expression and is a freelance tutor at the London School of Photography.
As New York Gallerist Brian Paul Clamp of ClampArt stated, in Diogo's self-portraiture "...different worlds collide - gender is distorted; history is rendered with a modern neon glow; fashion bleeds into religion. (Diogo explores) what it means to be a multi-faceted man breaking away from stereotypes in today's world.".