In Europe and North America, it’s estimated that 1 in 20,000 people are affected with albinism. Israel-based photographer Yulia Taits gives a face to the rare congenital disorder in a series titled Porcelain Beauty. Placed against a white backdrop, men, women, and children act as models to demonstrate their unique beauty. In addition to its aesthetic impact, the imagery helps fight against stereotypes of albinism. The commonly held belief that every person with albinism has red eyes is also debunked, as we see the pale grey or crystal blue gaze of her subjects. The overwhelming support of the models and their parents provided Taits with extra motivation in the project, which allowed her to connect with these amazing people.
Different tints and shades of white are highlighted in the photographs, in which the models are often accessorized with white props. In this way the rich complexity of albinism is reinforced visually. “This beauty is so pure and amazing for me, as if it was taken from fantasies and fairy tale legends,” Taits writes. “As a photoshop artist, I have a passion to create fantasy worlds through my work and artistry. This series was an amazing experience for me because I could create this beautiful photography without Photoshop. What transpired was pure natural beauty.”
All images via Yulia Taits.