Gustavo Lacerda’s Striking Portraits of People with Albinism

Known for the absence of pigment in their skin, hair, and eyes, people with albinism are often subjected to ridicule, and in parts of Africa, are commonly kidnapped, killed, and dismembered by witchdoctors who believe their bodies possess magical properties. In a series that we spotted on Design Taxi, Brazilian photographer Gustavo Lacerda celebrates the grace of people suffering from this congenital disorder in poignant and thought-provoking poses. Playing with lighting and color saturation, Lacerda’s subjects appear ethereal and hauntingly beautiful. Check out some of Lacerda’s photographs after the jump and be sure to head over to his website view more of his work.

Photo credit: Gustavo Lacerda