From Invisible Illness Photography to Aging Rebel Portraits

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Sep 17, 2015
Far from the glossy editorials and celebrity photoshoots that cover the pages typical magazines, these portrait collections attempt to uncover something unique about humanity -- whether that's something that won't appear in a photo, like an invisible illness, or something shockingly apparent, like drug addiction or age.

The portrait collections showcased here offer warmth, catharsis or a reminder of the realities of human life. Many of them capture death or suffering. The invisible illness series reminds the viewer that even people with no visible symptoms can be undergoing terrible pain as a result of lupus, HIV or lyme disease among other ailments. Others take a happier tone, like the collection of portraits of young people in love. All of them use photography to show their audience a truth of the human condition.