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One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres


Sabine Lewandowski is a photographer based in Bremen, Germany. Hundertdreiundvierzig Zentimeter (or One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres in English) is an intimate series of portraits of her younger sister, who has Down Syndrome. The title is a reference to the average height of a person with Down Syndrome, about 4.5 feet.


Sabine collected the portraits in a 60-page digital tabloid newspaper as part of her BA thesis, which explores attitudes towards people with Down Syndrome. She says:
"One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres raises questions about our relationship with the stigma of 'impairment.' The series addresses social issues everybody finds difficult to answer: how do we deal with strangeness and unfamiliarity within the frame of what society calls 'normal.'"


"My pictures show my view of my wonderful sister and her life. Her heart is so good and she has the ability to sense how others feel and experience emotional connections that are often lacking in our world."


The project was shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards earlier this year. You can see more images from One Hundred and Forty-Three Centimetres, as well as Sabine's other incredible work, on her website. Thank you for sharing your story with us!


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