Strength in Disorder

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Published by:
Olivia Johnston
Standard / 8.25" x 10.75"
26 pages Perfect-bound
anorexia, art, Beauty, bulimia, eating disorders, fine art, girls, interviews, photo book, photography, portraits, portraiture, strength, support, survival, women

Eating disorders are psychiatric conditions that are characterized by extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviours surrounding weight and food. These disorders are incredibly serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect day-to-day life a great deal.

The portraits in this book are images of women who have suffered from, and recovered from eating disorders. Each image is paired with selections from interviews I conducted with each woman; they do not necessarily match up with the image on the right. This project explores the juxtaposition between true beauty – that is, inner strength, intelligence, vitality and confidence – and indescribable suffering. These striking images, found alongside words that are often troubling and always moving, create a complete portrait of the strength of the human in the face of incredible mental and emotional distress.

Strength in Disorder

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