September 24, 2015

Award Winning Photographer Rick Guidotti to Speak on “Positive Exposure: Beyond Diagnosis”

Photographer Rick Guidotti

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September 24, 2015 – In celebration of the opening of the photographic exhibition, Positive Exposure – Change How You See, See How You Change, the Golisano Foundaiton is pleased to present a lecture with internationally renowned photographer Rick Guidotti. Guidotti will speak October 1st from 7-8:30 PM at the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House. A Q&A will follow the lecture moderated by Elissa Orlando of WXXI Public Broadcasting. The lecture is free and open to the public but advance registration is required.

Positive Exposure will be on view for two weeks only October 2-18, 2015 at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. Admission is free to view the exhibition.

For the last 15 years Guidotti’s passion has been to show the humanity and beauty of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral differences. The award-winning former fashion photographer is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, a NYC-based non-profit arts, education and advocacy organization that explores the social and psychological experiences of people.

Rick Guidotti has worked for clients such as Yves Saint Laurent, Elle, and Harpers Bazaar. Now he is working to affect a sea change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic differences.

His work has been widely published in the world’s leading newspapers, magazines and journals including Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and Life Magazine.

Rick Guidotti’s Positive Exposure photo and video presentation explores the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages.  Positive Exposure provides new opportunities to see individuals living with a genetic difference first and foremost as a human being with his/her own challenges rather than as a specific diagnosis/disease entity.

Guidotti’s work is also the focus of the new film On Beauty, which recently premiered to rave reviews in Los Angeles, New York and elsewhere around the country. In the film, director Joanna Rudnick followed Guidotti, who grew tired of seeing the same ideal of beauty “spit up at us constantly.” Disillusioned by the industry, in a moment of serendipity, Guidotti walked by a young woman with Albinism (a genetic condition that results in loss of pigmentation in the hair and eyes) at a NYC bus stop, and wondered why she wasn’t considered beautiful in his other world. This exploration resulted in a show-stopping magazine spread for Life Magazine featuring young women with Albinism smiling out from under the headline “Redefining Beauty.”

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