A photographer has created an image series exclusively featuring people who have albinism to show off the rare condition in a totally new light.
Angelina d’Auguste chose to photograph people with the condition after being drawn to images of Shaun Ross, an American model with albinism, and from there delved deeper into learning about the condition, which occurs in one in 18,000 to 20,000 people in America.
The resulting series, which made up Angelina’s senior thesis project at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, was made to show the models’ ‘distinct, beautiful features in a positive way,’ she told Refinery29.
‘Most people have never interacted with anyone with albinism,’ she added. ‘Unfortunately, it is difficult for [people with albinism] to fit in society.’
The genetic condition, which affects all races and ethnicities, is marked by a lack of melanin production in hair, skin, and eyes. This leaves the person with vision impairment and a difference in skin and hair color, which can vary from bright white to yellow to brown.
After deciding on the subject of her thesis, Angelina went about finding subjects to photograph – and found it surprisingly easy.