“My Dementia Life Matters”

with Ronald Amanze and David Truswell
Funded by Race and Equality Foundation, UnLtD
Summer 2020 - Present

“The health arena is so often excluding of black lives. We only get included in the snapshots. I don’t know what front of the queue looks like”
Ronald Amanze 


The 10th chapter of The Photobook Project, “My Dementia Life Matters” invites people living with dementia in black and minority ethnic communities in the UK to document what matters to them. Using single-use cameras over 27 days, the photographs are kept in the order they were taken in so to preserve the narrative of the images. 

The project has been titled “My Dementia Life Matters” by Ronald Amanze who lives with dementia (see portraits below) as a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

This project is all about presenting a framework for others to take ownership of; it’s focus is on empowering people with dementia’s voices. Ronald summarises:

“Our project gives people the power to social prescribe for themselves”


Lucy Hawes has collaborated with The Photobook Project team to produce a film titled Amanze, capturing Ronald’s experience of the project. You can view the film HERE and release on Crack Magazine HERE


Photo Credits: Hannah Wright, John Hersey & Mrs Wai Fan Man