Shooting Blind: Photographs By The Visually Impaired

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Shooting Blind: Photographs by the Visually Impaired is the first large-scale project by the Seeing with Photography Collective, a group that has been active in New York City for over fifteen years. With sight impairments ranging from partial to complete blindness, SWP photographers use cameras to explore the world and better understand themselves, while creating hauntingly beautiful works of art. Interviews with the photographers accompany these richly surreal photographs. When the artists were asked why they ...
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Overview

Shooting Blind: Photographs by the Visually Impaired is the first large-scale project by the Seeing with Photography Collective, a group that has been active in New York City for over fifteen years. With sight impairments ranging from partial to complete blindness, SWP photographers use cameras to explore the world and better understand themselves, while creating hauntingly beautiful works of art. Interviews with the photographers accompany these richly surreal photographs. When the artists were asked why they choose to make photographs, their replies were as varied as the images themselves: to see the world more clearly, to understand vision and how it is translated into the language of photography, to develop pride in succeeding at a seemingly impossible task.

"The poignant portraits in this book are a celebration of life. You will marvel at the outcome of this photographic experiment, especially if you take the time to meditate on the expressions on the faces of the subjects."

--"The 25 Best Books of 2002," THE Magazine

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Aperture expands its fine reputation with this unique work by photographers from New York at the Seeing with Photography collective, which has been active for over 15 years. Members have varying degrees of sight; one, for instance, says that she sees sunlight and fog. Using a Polaroid to create images by "painting with light" that is, with flashlights these artists produce work that is startlingly original and creative. Their hope is that through this work the sighted will both learn to appreciate their vision and become aware of the talents and self-expression of those whose vision is limited. The images are high-quality, mostly full-page portraits staged with intriguing backgrounds to represent the personality of each photographer. Throughout, faces are often highlighted. The interviews with the photographers add insight into their character and photographic goals, as do the brief biographies and portraits of the artists. The text is in large, easily legible print. Highly recommended for photography, special education, and general collections. Lynetta Alexander, Tennessee State Univ., Nashville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780893819941
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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