José Javier Delgado Esteban

Shifting Perspectives
Location: Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: I am a multi award-winning visual artist, photographer and new media developer. Throughout my early professional life in Spain I developed a strong interest in all aspects of photography, moving image, environmental, space sciences and natural... read on
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Shifting Perspectives
Credits: josé javier delgado esteban
Updated: 01/28/16
Location: United Kingdom

These portraits represent a sample of my contribution to the Shifting Perspectives iniciative in the UK.

Shifting Perspectives was born out of a desire to provide an alternative to the medical, often negative, mainstream images of people with Down’s syndrome. In 2003 Fiona Field and Richard Baley gathered a group of photographers, who all had children with Down’s syndrome, to create a small exhibition for Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week. Susan Andrews, a senior lecturer in photography at the London Metropolitan University, happened to visit the exhibition and invited the group to exhibit at the university as part of the ‘Photomonth’ east London photography festival. It was through this invitation that Shifting Perspectives came about, and in 2005 the first exhibition was held at the gallery@OXO on London’s Southbank.

Today, Shifting Perspectives has become a global art and awareness project which has reached tens of thousands of people. The exhibition has travelled throughout the UK and Ireland. It has visited 4 continents and 7 different countries. The work – all taken by photographers with a connection to Down’s syndrome – has gained recognition for its contribution to the field of photography, and its success in challenging attitudes towards people with Down’s syndrome. 

Over the years Shifting Perspectives has explored many different themes: birth, every day family life, relationships, culture and religion. The work is about more than just disability. It depicts people with Down’s syndrome as individuals, showing that they have dreams, aspirations, wants, needs, likes and dislikes, just like anyone else.  


Also by José Javier Delgado Esteban —


Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / komodo National Park — The Komodo Monitor Dragon, Varanus komodoensis, is the biggest lizard on the planet reaching put 3 metres in..

Antipodean Fur Seals of Australia and New Zealand

By José Javier Delgado Esteban — The work for the collection Antipodean Fur Seals of Australia and New Zealand was produced during December..

Whaling Stations of the Iberian Peninsula: Now and then.

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Spain — An important if though sad reminder of Spain's whaling recent past, the remains scatered mainly in the..

Song to the Siren

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Crystal River, Florida — One of our current projects for 2016: "Song to the Siren" a series of images of the West Indian..

Being Emily...

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Norfolk — On the 22nd of January 2005 the non-identical twins Lorca Sebastian and Emily Carmen were born. Emily was..

Trouble in Paradise

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Kingdom of Tonga — The South Pacific Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga is known for the Humpback Whales coming every year from the..

Humpback Whales of the South Pacific

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Kingdom of Tonga — The Whale Nation Project started as a 100% self-funded venture where I was going be documenting as many..

Like Fish out of water

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Old Hunstanton — Under an ancient law of the United Kingdom, whales like this Sperm Whale are "Royal Fish" and when stranded..
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