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A personal history of albinism

Historically, people with albinism were often objectified as curiosities to be gawped at. Today, it’s still common to be singled out or cruelly joked about, and Caroline Butterwick has been made to feel self-conscious about her own albinism. Here she uses archival objects and images to tell the personal story of how the genetic condition has affected her life, and how self-acceptance has followed understanding.

Words by Caroline Butterwick

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About the author

Black and white, head and shoulders portrait of Caroline Butterwick.

Caroline Butterwick

Caroline Butterwick is a writer, researcher and freelance journalist based in North Staffordshire. She’s currently working on a nonfiction book proposal, and her freelance journalism has featured in a range of publications, including the Guardian, the i paper, Mslexia, and Psychologies. She is studying for a PhD in Creative Writing that explores the power of memoir as a counternarrative to dominant models of disability, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Midlands4Cities.