“One in Eight Hundred” is a beautiful photo series that features a young girl named Emmy, who has Down syndrome. Though the project is really brilliant, it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for German photographer Mario Wezel.
Five-year-old Emmy lives in the countryside near Aarhus, in the heart of Denmark with her parents Karina and Martin, as well as her younger brother Kristian.
One day, Wezel was invited to take photos of the little girl during her early years at school. And since then, he became very interested in anything related with Down syndromes.
When asked about how he came up with the concept of his project “One in Eight Hundred”, Wezel explained:
“After prenatal screenings were implemented across Denmark in 2004, the number of newborns with down syndrome dropped dramatically. While between 2000 to 2004, around 60 children were born with the chromosomal disease each year, in 2006, only 31 were born. More than 95 % of all Danish parents to be, decide to have an abortion if they find out that they are about to carry out a baby with Trisomy 21.
For two months, Emmy has been attending the local kindergarten. Her parents had to fight the municipality to find the right spot for her. They realized that inclusion doesn’t seem to be the norm in Denmark. Despite this, Emmy is progressing really well. Her ability to speak and her social behavior towards other children has improved. Karina and Martin were given a low risk of 1:800 at their screening. ‘Emmy was just the number one,” they say today.”
Here are the photos of Emmy included in the photo series:
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