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The Broad Spectrum Project

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Kristin Chalmers is a Philadelphia native currently living in New England.  In her previous life, she was a professional dancer (not on a pole), an MC for raves throughout Europe, a cover girl for High Times Magazine, an Emerson College alumni at 30 years old and a television producer in Los Angeles.  During her time in LA, she learned everything she was able to about photography, shooting for clients such as VIBE Magazine, FLAUNT, Gourmet, OM Records, Sony Records, and MIX MAG.  She has captured a variety of subjects from John Ritter, and George Clinton, to Biz Markie and various Playboy bunnies.  Once returning to the east coast with her son and husband in tow, Kristin returned to the Boston area and began to photograph children, food and weddings.  After a few years, she made the choice to offer her services to families who have children or a loved one with special needs, autism being the majority of her subjects. 
She has just completed her first book with the Camphill Special Schools in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, a residential school for children and young adults with Autism and other disabilities. Kristin is the winner of the Gordon Parks National Photo Competition and has received the Award of Excellence for photography and album design for Communication Arts Magazine. Kristin says the mission of the Broad Spectrum Project is to educate the public about autism through photography and other visual mediums.
All images (other than the ICAA logo) are courtesy of Kristin Chalmers.