A lot of people associate albinos with people in Africa, but in the Netherlands there are also people with this skin disorder, whereby the hair is white, the skin pale, and the eyes sometimes a little red.
Both because of their eyes and their sensitive skin, albinos can hardly tolerate sunlight. They try to protect themselves against it with curtains, blinds, and by seeking out shady spots. Even then, the sunlight is often too bright. They are often troubled by eye conditions, which impedes their eyesight. Sometimes, they can only make out contours or the contrast between light and dark. According to a rough estimate, there are about 1,000 people in the Netherlands with a form of albinism.
About Kees Muizelaar
For over 10 years, Kees (1983) has been active as a freelance photographer. With a particular eye for detail, a keen eye and a wealth of experience he captures loads of images. From ordinary and professional to very intimate.
In 2011 he graduated from the College of the Arts in Utrecht, focussing on documentary photography. Kees finds with his camera what is already there, but where most people forget to watch. With his characteristic melancholic, even poetic images, he shoots portraits with respect for the subject. Muizelaar made his name with publications in De Volkskrant, NRC and expositions of his work in Museum of Photography in The Hague and the Frysian Museum.