Constant Fear of Death: Growing up with Albinism

  • Photographer
    Matilde Simas
  • Prize
    1st Place / Event/Social Cause
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Caroline Metcalfe This set of images and the accompanying text is the most extraordinary body of work I have seen in many, many years. It left me emotionally shocked and disturbed and incredulous that this cruel violence is happening on any scale, anywhere is horrifying. I think these images deserve to be seen worldwide to open eyes to a shocking brutality that I am not sure many are aware of.....

  • Company/Studios
    Matilde Simas
  • Technical Info
    Canon EOS R; Canon 35mm

This series is made up of portraits of four Tanzanian child survivors of violent superstition-driven attacks and in their own words their testimonials. The children are among the nearly 7,000 Tanzanians with albinism, a hereditary condition that results in a lack of pigmentation in skin, hair, and eyes. In Tanzania, witchdoctors promote a belief in the potential magic and superstitious properties of albino body parts, and children with albinism are murdered so their skin, hair, and appendages can be used to make charms and potions believed to bring wealth, power, and good luck.

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