Dustin Hoffman raised awareness about autism in the U.S. and around the world in 1988 when he played an autistic man in Rain Man and won an Oscar for his performance. And everyone should thank him for it.
But that was more than a quarter of a century ago. This year, photographer Debbie Rasiel traveled around the world to capture the faces of children who live with autism today. Her collection Picturing Autism was exhibited at the SOHO20Gallery in New York last month.
Ms. Rasiel’s website tells us that it “reflects her search to understand what autism looks like across language barriers and cultural divides”. She told the Huffington Post:
I wanted to offer those not familiar with autism an opportunity to see what autism looks like, a safe space where social mores would not prevent them from staring.
No matter the cultural experience or socioeconomic divide, the educational circumstance or language barrier, everything falls away when two mothers talk about their concern for their children’s future.
Now here is a selection of her photos. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Around the world: A child from Cuzco, Peru.
2. Two people embrace in Jakarta, Indonesia.
3. A child walks in a mountainous area.
4. A face is seen in Queens, New York.
5. A child walks in Jakarta, Indonesia.
6. A boy and his horse pose in Cuzco, Peru.
7. A child sits on the swings in Queens, New York.
8. Rasiel’s subjects are seen in Hverager├░i, Arnessysla, Iceland.
9. Two people embrace in East Harlem, New York.
10. A child presses his hands against a window in Lima, Peru.
11. A child looks off in Oaxaca, Mexico.
12. Rasiel’s subject is photographed in Lima, Peru.
13. Rasiel’s work has taken her all over the globe, including Jakarta, Indonesia, pictured.
And here is the video:
Source: Picturing Autism.
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