Stunning Portraits Capture the Porcelain Beauty of Albino People


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.”

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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