Staged Portraits, third prize stories
Zuzia is a girl with albinism, and attends a school for partially sighted children in Warsaw. She dreams of meeting someone like herself.
Albinism is caused by a recessive gene (passed to a child by both parents) that deprives the skin, hair, and eyes of pigment. This can cause serious eye problems.
Because pigment plays a role in protecting the skin from ultraviolet radiation, people with albinism are highly susceptible to the adverse effects of overexposure to sunlight.
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About the photographer
Anna Bedyńska is a documentary photographer based in Poland who touches and overcomes taboo subjects.
Her main concentration is social change. She pays special attention to the situation of women in the modern world.
One of the biggest honors of her work was entering the world of parents waiting for their child to be born. She assisted many deliveries, which resulted in an exhibition that traveled throughout Poland and abroad.
She is a staff photographer at Gazeta Wyborcza and has received several prizes in press photo contests.