September 03, 2013

By Kathryn Kopchik

Rick GuidottiLEWISBURG, Pa. — Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former high-fashion photographer and prominent advocate working to change perceptions of people living with genetic conditions, will discuss his critically acclaimed photographic exhibition, "Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference," in a series of area talks sponsored by the Geisinger-Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Center.

Guidotti will speak at Bucknell Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Gardner Lecture Hall of the Dana Engineering Building. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the education department.

Guidotti utilizes photography and video to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical and behavioral differences — from albinism to autism — as recently seen on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams."

He has spent the past 15 years working internationally with advocacy organizations, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions. His work has been published in such publications as Elle, GQ, People, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and Life Magazine.

His exhibition, "Positive Exposure; The Spirit of Difference," premiered in June 2001 at the People's Genome Celebration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. It continues to exhibit internationally and explores the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions of all ages and ethno-cultural heritages.

Guidotti is the founder and director of Positive Exposure (www.positiveexposure.org), an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization.

Guidotti also will speak Sept. 6 at noon in Geisinger Medical Center's Henry Hood Center for Health Research Auditorium in Danville, and Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at Camp Victory in Millville. Following his presentation at Camp Victory, Guidotti will hold a photo shoot for children and adults with genetic conditions and their families. While these events are free and open to the public, space is limited for the Camp Victory event. To register, please call 570-522-6281, or email meepler@geisinger.edu.

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