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Redefining beauty: One photographer’s mission to spread the value of people with special needs

Posted by Joseph on 15 June, 2013

In a world increasingly receptive to voices like Peter Singer’s, decrying the humanity of people with special needs, it is beautiful to hear other voices rising up, singing the truth of intrinsic human value and worth. Something photographer Rick Guidotti is dedicating his life to doing.

In the world of art, Rick had it all. Prestigious photography awards, famous clients, and luxurious travel to his work sites in New York City, Milan, Paris, and London. Yet amidst all the beauty and fame he captured on film, he could not shake the feeling that something was missing. “I was always told who was beautiful and shown who the model of the moment was. But I didn’t see beauty just on covers of magazines,” he explained in a 2012 interview with the Huffington Post.

In 1997, Rick saw it in a young girl he passed on the street, waiting for a bus. A young girl who just happened to have albinism. Yet when he began to research the condition, he was stunned to find that the images of people living with genetic differences were stark, cold photographs of individuals lined up against the bare walls of a doctor’s office. Their eyes were often blocked out by a black bar across the face – photos devoid of the vibrant life and beauty he had just witnessed in the girl on the street. Then there were the photographs he found of people with genetic differences as circus sideshows and freaks, and movies stereotyping those with albinism or other “abnormalities” as villains or monsters. Images that reduced people to diagnoses and diseases, putting them in the light of “less than human,” or something to be feared. Images that completely missed the humanity and beauty intrinsic in each person.

more at: http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/redefining-beauty-one-photographers-mission-to-spread-the-beauty-of-people?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5957a18c1b-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines_06_10_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-5957a18c1b-326196022


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