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NYC man with dwarfism wears hidden camera to record a day from his perspective

Before moving to New York, Jonathan Novick didn't mind being incorrectly "recognized." Now, it happens so often, it's offensive.
By Matt Bradwell   |   Aug. 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A recent transplant to New York with dwarfism used a hidden camera to capture his day-to-day experiences being gawked at, photographed and mistaken for notable little people.

Filmmaker Jonathan Novick was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, which he describes as "the abnormal underdevelopment of the body characterized predominantly by extreme shortness of stature."

The 22-year-old recently moved to New York, a transition that has proven especially difficult given his height.

A small-town native, Novick said he's experienced more minstrelization, accidental or otherwise, since his move to New York than ever before.

In another video recorded about his life in 2013, Novik describes the experience of mistaken for an actor with dwarfism as "hilarious," and recounts how he played along to brighten a stranger's day.

A year later in New York, the same experience is a visible frustration, with Novick having to explain that no, he is not a reality star or actor, and is even forced to decline posing for pictures after his identity is known.

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