Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by either a complete or a partial absence of pigment in one’s skin, eyes and hair. It is believed only one person in 17,000 is affected by the hereditary condition whose name comes from the Latin word albus, meaning white.
Although rare, it cannot be said the condition is uncommon, and it was Israeli graphic designer and photographer Yulia Taits who noticed the almost complete absence of albino people from television, films and the media. With a series of photographs of people with albinism, she wanted to capture the natural beauty of albinos, with no additional coloring to the white shades dominating the pictures. “I’m excited to prove that white is not just one color,” Taits wrote, “It has many tints, shades and beautiful tones.”
Originally earning a living from graphic design, Taits discovered a passion for photography several years ago. She has since worked with many Israeli television channels, newspapers, magazines and photographers. On her website, she writes about the enjoyment of meeting the people she is about to photograph and the process of getting to know them a little better. “It is an honor for me when an individual or family gives the opportunity to share these exciting moments in their lives. I find great satisfaction that they trust me to document these very special moments,” Taits revealed.