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Bob & Diane Fund awards Visual Storytelling Grant to Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran

Monday 23 November 2020

On 23 November 2020, The Bob & Diane Fund announced it was awarding USD 5,000 (EUR 4,200) to Iranian photographer Jalal Shamsazaran for his project, “The Loss of Oral History”.

The Bob & Diane Fund, launched in June 2016, is an American grant-making organisation dedicated to promoting awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. It is the passion project of Gina Martin, whose mother, Diane, died from Alzheimer’s dementia. Diane’s husband of 50 years, Bob, who was her primary carer, died three months later.

The “Visual Storytelling Grant”, now in its fifth year, aims to bring awareness, interest, and support for funding research efforts, by awarding a photographer whose work tells the stories of people living with dementia, with dignity and respect.

“The visual stories of patients and caregivers can humanize what is, in fact, a very cruel and dehumanizing disease,” says Gina.  “My hope is that the work funded today, and in the future, will have a profound and lasting effect on people, persuading them to support and advocate for a cure.” You can view Jalal Shamsazaran’s work, “The Loss of Oral History” here: