White Ebony

German Photo Book Award NOMINATED 2016
One Eyeland Photography Awards 2015 GOLD
Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016 HONORABLE MENTION
American Photography AP 32
FEP European Book Prize of the Year Award 2017

Patricia Willocq
24 x 30 cm, 180 pages, 96 images
German, English, French
Hardcover, bound in linen,
„French Fold“-jacket 
ISBN 978-3-901753-87-9
June 2015

White Ebony

“While we continue to receive shocking reports of killings and attacks against persons with albinism, Patricia Willocq’s photographs send a message of hope and encouragement for all those who work to improve their lives”, said Flavia Pansieri, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Just as the ‘black continent’ is nothing like as monochrome as our stereotyped ideas of it, so neither are the skin tones of its inhabitants. One variant, however, here more than elsewhere, marks people out as misfits: very white skin, unusually light hair colour, blue or green eyes. This congenital metabolic disease is called albinism. People with albinism (PWA) often are visually impaired and need special protection from the sun. Most of all they suffer from social stigmatization. So it is little short of a miracle how courageously and confidently that the PWA of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, try to overcome their role as outsiders. Lead by the famous Congolese albino wrestler, Mwimba Texas, they demand to be treated with respect. In her photographs Patricia Willocq helps boost the self-assurance of people with albinism in the Congo. Her photo report is a testimony to hope, courage, love and success to give them the dignity they deserve.

13 June 2016:  Exhibition of  “White Ebony” at UNESCO in Paris to celebrate the second International Albinism Awareness Day
13 November to 11 December 2015: 
Exhibition „White Ebony“, Maison du Hainaut, Charleroi, Belgium
09 – 30 October 2015: Exhibition “White Ebony”, Maison de la Laïcité, La Louvière, Belgium 
13 June (to 27 July 2015): opening of the exhibition “White Ebony” at the Halles St Gery in Brussels to celebrate the first International Albinism Awareness Day.
3 June 2015: press conference in Brussels to launch the book “White Ebony” and to announce the opening of the photo exhibition and the First International Albinism Awareness Day.


Patricia Willocq

is a freelance photographer born in 1980 in the Congo. Amongst the assignments around the world, she dedicates time to support the work of associations and NGOs fighting in the field of human rights. White Ebony has won an honourable mention at the Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2013 and has been exhibited by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Patricia Willocq endeavors to avoid miserabilism and her work is associated with projects that promote tolerance and dignity.