Patricia Lay-Dorsey, interviewed by Lauren Parrott, was diagnosed with primary progressive MS in 1988 when she was 45 years old. Patricia recognizes she’s living with the symptoms, and acknowledges others living with the symptoms but emphatically states MS doesn’t have her and it doesn’t have any of you.
Patricia tells her story for the Visura Magazine where she talks of her first unexplained fall. She was 45 years old in 1988, ten years later she turned her camera on herself and began taking self-portraits with the intention of showing from the inside the day-to-day life of a person with a disability.
The photographs chronicle the struggles and achievements of the artist as she learns to accept the limitations of her body and celebrate her abilities rather than her disability. Taken together, the images build a compelling narrative about the artist’s daily life over five years that is inspiring, deeply moving and offers a fascinating insider perspective. Accompanying texts by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey and David Drake, Director, Ffotogallery.
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