In 2009, Brazilian photographer Gustavo Lacerda began a series focused on albinos who live in his homeland. His first hurdle was to gain their confidence, as most of the people he approached were accustomed to the harsh scrutiny of outsiders. Once trust was established, Lacerda invited them into his studio where he used classic portrait lighting to create an atmosphere of calmness, allowing each person the comfort needed to reveal their personalities.
The resulting photographs show a group of people comfortable within their own skin, and with each other. From two-year-old twins, to three siblings, to a girl scout, Lacerda posed people against soft backdrops that compliment their skin tonality, letting the viewer focus on the gesture and pose. These are quiet images about a group of people often ostracized by society. Through Lacerda’s work, we are introduced to the beauty, fragility and complications of albinism, and the people living with it, who are frequently marginalized and misunderstood.
Catherine Edelman Gallery will present Albinos, photographs by Gustavo Lacerda, November 8 and runs through January 4, 2014. There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 8, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m with the artist.
If you can’t wait until then, get over to Expo Chicago this weekend to see some of the work.
Navy Pier, Festival Hall
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611