Celebrating the Beauty of Genetic Diversity
Rick Guidotti, an award-winning photographer, has spent the past twenty years collaborating internationally with advocacy organizations, hospitals, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to affect a sea-change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic, physical, behavioral or intellectual difference.
His work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and LIFE Magazine.
Rick is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization working with individuals living with genetic difference of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights, by providing new opportunities to see an individual living with a difference, first and foremost as a human being, rather than as a specific diagnosis or disease entity.
The Positive Exposure photographic exhibition premiered at the People's Genome Celebration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in June 2011 and remains committed to exhibiting in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally. Positive Exposure continues to create and display ever-evolving community based exhibitions around the world. These collections of images, lm and narratives celebrate the richness and beauty of human diversity.
Positive Exposure has recently introduced FRAME: (Faces Rede ning the Art of Medical Education).
FRAME is a web-based library of brief films and photographic galleries that change how medical information is presented to health care professionals in training, clinicians, families and communities. In each FRAME film, individuals living with the featured condition and their families demonstrate the basic hallmark characteristics of the condition, placing humanity front row and center in medical education.
“The usual depictions of these conditions reduce people to clinical anonymity. Rick SEES the beauty in everyone, gives expression to the individual’s heart and soul, and exquisitely captures it in his photographs. This book conveys the marvel of the human body and spirit, in all forms.” -Sharon Terry, Genetic Alliance