The Tutu Project 

at FIAT LUX Gallery

Bob Carey’s photographs raise awareness for breast cancer

Photos Courtesy Of Bob Carey

In 2002, as part of a new project exploring stereotypes and transformation, Bob Carey began photographing himself in a pink tutu. He posed for hundreds of photos at iconic locations such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, on the Brooklyn Bridge, at the entrance to Bloomingdale’s flagship store, Times Square and Central Park.

When his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer the following year, the project took on a different meaning. The images became a powerful tool for self-therapy; expressing vulnerability, isolation, and humor. Linda shared them with other patients, bringing laughter and levity into their chemotherapy treatments.

This shared laughter became the inspiration for the couple to self-publish a book of these images, Ballerina, and begin raising funds for those living with breast cancer. This body of images, now known as The Tutu Project, went viral in 2012 and has since been entertaining people around the world.

Each year, the photographer produces a calendar for The Tutu Project displaying a collection of images designed to enlighten and inspire cancer patients and their families. Gallery sales, as well as sales for the book Ballerina and the calendar, benefit The Carey Foundation, dedicated to financially supporting women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.


Bob Carey, a commercial photographer based in New York City, and has operated a successful studio for over 20 years. Carey’s commercial clients, both impressive and varied, appreciate his fine art approach, which fuels his distinctive and often conceptual imagery.

Carey’s work is in the permanent collections of Katherine K. Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts. He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at Gallerie Callu Merite in Paris, Chiaroscuro Gallery in Santa Fe, Trinity Gallery in Atlanta, Udinotti Gallery in Scottsdale, and June Bateman Gallery in New York City.

To view more of his work, visit

To learn more about The Tutu Project, visit


Created by photographer and Phoenix resident Jacques Barbey and his wife Raquel, FIAT LUX Gallery is a 6,000-square-foot space offering a 3-D canvas for artists to transform with their work.

Located in Old Town Scottsdale, FIAT LUX Gallery is a cross between an art gallery and a pop-up show. Derived from Latin meaning ‘let there be light,’ the gallery was designed to illuminate boundary-pushing art in a variety of mediums.

The FIAT LUX Gallery debut of The Tutu Project is the first time the collection has been shown in Arizona. In concomitance with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the exhibition will be on view through November 9.

The Tutu Project

Through November 9

FIAT LUX Gallery

6919 E. First Avenue, Scottsdale