Louise Michaud is one of three photographers participating in the 99 Faces Project started by Lynda Cutrell. The goal of 99 Faces is to challenge society’s view of those living with the symptoms of severe mental illnesses. Subjects are those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia, as well as those who love them.
Through photography, these portraits capture the individuality, personality, and spirit of each subject, regardless of whether they suffer from BP or SZ, or whether they are a friend or family member of those who do. None of the 99 faces are identified or labeled, reinforcing for the viewer that the symptoms are not the person. Portraits honor all faces. Our hope is that we will be able to help bridge the gap between the individual photographed and the viewer, thereby eliminating the fear and stigma that exists.
Portraits from 99 Faces have recently been seen at a special exhibition at The Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts.