Fall 2019

More than skin deep

A renowned fashion photographer visits U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital on his quest to celebrate the beauty of human diversity

Twenty years ago, renowned photographer Rick Guidotti turned his attention away from the fashion industry to focus on celebrating the beauty and spirit of human diversity. Since he started the nonprofit organization Positive Exposure, Guidotti has created thousands of stunning portraits of people who have genetic, physical, behavioral, and intellectual differences.

This spring—supported by a gift from the Groves Foundation, a longtime partner of the M Health Fairview pediatric dermatology program—Guidotti visited University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and took photos of children living with various skin conditions. A collection of those portraits is now on display at the M Health Fairview Pediatric Specialty Care Discovery Clinic.

Guidotti remains exceedingly passionate about his work. His favorite part? Watching how parents react when their child is photographed.

“When you look at the parents, they’re shining just as much as the child is—because finally,” he says, “someone is seeing their beloved child through their eyes.”