Albus: Smashing the Albino Taboo With Art


Rejected, prejudiced and discriminated individuals suffering from albinism are likely to become targets and victims of physical attacks and mutilations in many parts of the world. 

In Tanzania and Burundi, living without skin pigmentation can mean being hunted by witch doctors. In South Africa, the threat to life is less dire, but albino children still endure bullying and discrimination and are sometimes viewed as a curse upon their families. 


South African photographer Justin Dingwall teamed up with lawyer Thando Hopa and model Sanele Xaba, both of whom have albinism, to create Albus, a paean to the aesthetic and spiritual beauty of the human body. 

Albinism touches every ethnic group and is characterized by the insufficiency of melanin that determines skin and hair color. 

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