In Africa, Kinshasa-born photographer Patricia Willocq reminds us, people have all kinds of skin colors, some of which can make life easier, some of which can make it harder. Yet, one particular skin type stands out more than others: “extremely white skin in combination with unusually light hair and blue or green eyes”.
Of course, Willocq is describing albinism, which, she tells us, is not exactly a blessing: “[p]eople with such a physical appearance are stared at, laughed at, ostracized and bullied”. To help the albino cause, the photographer has produced a remarkable series of photos. One picture in particular stands out and I suspect that you will have no problem identifying it.
Here is the whole series; I’ve placed no captions on these photos — they don’t seem necessary.
Photographs by Patricia Willocq.
Willocq reminds us that:
People affected by albinism are often visually impaired and need special protection against the sun. As a result, they often develop skin cancer. And they suffer from social stigmatization.
Yet her pictures paint a better world, one in which we should all hope to live someday. Please share these photos with your friends below.