Photo Series Shows the Beauty of Special Needs Kids -Wow!

Photographer aims to celebrate the beauty in people with special needs, like Muscular Dystrophy, Nevus and Trisomy 18

Photographer Rick Guidotti was used to capturing images of the world’s most gorgeous people. But one day, he encountered a girl with albinism and found her unconventionally stunning. Intrigued, he researched her condition, which led to a startling discovery that people with differences were often photographed in cold, clinical ways, most often in a medical setting. So he founded Positive Exposure, a movement to capture the beauty of difference in photographs.

He's turned his lens on children and adults with a host of genetic differences, from Marfan Syndrome to Muscular Dystrophy, capturing the humanity first, the diagnosis second. His photos have been used in schools to force kids to look past their initial reaction to someone who looks different -- which might be to laugh uncomfortably or look away -- and instead really see the person.

Check out his snaps of beautifully diverse children:

Muscular Dystrophy

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Marfan Syndrome

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Nevus

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Albinism

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Trisomy 18

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22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

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Positive Exposure

 

 

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Positive Exposure

 

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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