New portraits by Nadav Kander: Sophie de Oliveira Barata, maker of bespoke limbs, and some of her clients

For the past couple of years, Sophie de Oliveira Barata has been crafting bespoke prosthetic limbs—a leg containing mini-drawers or, more recently, ones boasting designs printed in 3D. Nadav Kander photographed the imaginative de Oliveira Barata and her some of the clients of her Alternative Limb Project for a portfolio published yesterday in The New York Times Magazine.

“After losing a limb, a person isn’t the same,” de Oliveira Barata tells the Times. “So this is a form of expression, an empowerment, a celebration. It’s their choice of how to complete their body—whether that means having a realistic match or something from an unexplored imagination.”

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Sophie de Oliveira Barata, founder of the Alternative Limb Project. Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine, November 3, 2013, issue.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The New York Times Magazine.

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Credits

Kathy Ryan, director of photography
Joanna Milter, deputy photo editor
Nathan Parker, set designer
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