Gustavo Lacerda, Thyfany II, 2009
There is an amazing photographic exhibition currently on view at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in River North. “Albino” is a series of classic photographic portraits by Brazilian artist, Gustavo Lacerda. The work captures the segment of the population born melanin defect, resulting in the loss of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.
Lacerdo presents his subjects in front of soft muted backgrounds, which emphasize the subtle pigments of the figures. He explores the beauty of innocent children [being children] to the not so typical, single and group portraits. The Victorian inspired “Thyfany II”  and the playful “Livia”  are standouts.
Gustavo Lacerda, Livia, 2009
The exhibition continues through January 4th. The Catherine Edelman Gallery is located at 300 W. Superior Street in Chicago. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10-5:30. Additional information can be found on the Catherine Edelman Gallery web site at: edelmangallery.com
Gustavo Lacerda works and lives Sao Paulo. His series, Albinos, has received critical praise and was recently featured on Huffington Post and Wonderland Magazine and is included in the Musée du Quai Branly Collection (Paris, France) and the Sao Paulo Museum of Art (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A monograph on Albinos is in production, and will be released at the end of 2013 by Editora Estudio Madalena.