Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer, is the founder of Positive Exposure, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 that uses art to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and cognitive disabilities or differences. His work has been published in many newspapers, magazines and journals.

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Guidotti began this journey in to celebrating the beauty of human diversity when he examined images in medical textbooks that depicted disabilities in an unfavorable way.  These images changed his life. Since then, he has devoted his talent to change people’s perception of beauty and idea of those individuals who society sees as “different.”

“It’s terrifying,” Guidotti said, “There’s other ways to present this. I’ve spoken to so many genetic counselors who have a family in front of them and say ‘Ok, this is what your daughter is going to have. Read this.’ And they cover up the photograph because it will freak the family right out.. There’s got be something else we can do. There’s got be another way to present that information to that family.”

You can see more of Guidotti’s pictures at the Positive Exposure web site.