Rick Guidotti, an award-winning fashion photographer, has spent the past 14 years working internationally with advocacy and nongovernmental organizations, medical schools, universities, and other educational institutions to effect a change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic difference. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, and Life Magazine.
Guidotti is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education, and advocacy organization which works with individuals living with rare disease and disorders, and utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health, and human rights. Its photographic exhibition premiered in June 2001, during the People's Genome Celebration held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and continues on exhibit internationally in galleries, museums, and other public arenas.
Positive Exposure's photo and video presentation explores the social and psychological experiences of people of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages who are living with genetic, physical, and behavioral conditions. It provides new opportunities to see such individuals first and foremost as human beings with their own challenges, rather than as specific diagnosis/disease entities, and embraces the sharing of humanity with the richness and beauty of human diversity.