Act: Meditations on the Disabled Body

23 Apr

I came across this series of portraits by Denis Darzacq and wanted to share them. Darzacq “portrays people using their bodies to express a profound sense of freedom from the limitations that life has placed on them. In his latest work, the series ‘Act,’ he worked with young adults leading difficult lives, their bodies challenged by conditions such as Down’s Syndrome or cerebral palsy” (

In another series titled “Hyper,” Darzacq captures the same freedom from physical limitations, featuring street dancers.

You can see more of the series here:

Looking at these collections together, I’m struck by the photographer’s vivid perception and representation of human diversity: Darzacq’s subjects, who embody very different social ideas of physical “ability,” are all vulnerable and limited, and also dynamic and powerful when we pause and really look at them.

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