Middlebury Magazine has just published my cover story featuring Meron Benti, an Ethiopian student who suffers from albinism, a rare genetic trait that dramatically reduces the body's ability to produce the pigment melanin. Her appearance drew unwanted attention on the streets in Ethiopia and difficulty in fitting in with the schools:
She soon left Ethiopia to live with her brother in Italy, and later on, the United States. Head over to the Middlebury Magazine website to read more about Meron's struggle. Working with Meron was an absolute pleasure, and I'd like to thank her, Editor Matt Jennings, and Art Director Carey Bass for the opportunity to work on this piece. Click on the images below to view a few more images from this shoot.She doesn't remember her first day of kindergarten, or much of kindergarten at all. Of course, she wasn't privy to the fact that the school in her neighborhood didn't want to take her, that the teachers didn’t want to teach her, that she was thought to be incapable of learning in a "regular" classroom, and that the school administrators felt they had no way to accommodate "her differences."
I've entered a small selection of my recent images in the 2017 LensCulture Portrait Awards. Please visit their website to have a look or make your own entry.