DIGGING DEEPER

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BRUCE HALL

PETE ECKERT

SONIA SOBERATS

THE EXHIBITION SIGHT UNSEEN, WHICH SHOWS WORKS BY SONIA SOBERATS, PETE ECKERT AND BRUCE HALL (ALONG WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF 12 OTHER BLIND ARTISTS)

SIGHT UNSEEN (EXTENDED) IN CANADA

SIGHT UNSEEN (ORIGINAL PREMIERE) AT THE CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY. THE CATALOGUE (AS OF JUNE 2016) IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AS A PDF

FURTHER INTERESTING WORKS OF BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PHOTOGRAPHERS

STEVEN ERRA. STEVEN ALSO TOOK PART IN THE FILM, HE SUPPORTS SONIA SOBERATS IN THE MAKING OF HER PHOTOGRAPH “SWORD”. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVEN ERRA, STEVEN’S BLOG

HASHIM KIRKLAND. HASHIM ALSO APPEARS SEVERAL TIMES IN THE FILM SHOT IN THE DARK WORKING TOGETHER WITH SONIA SOBERATS. PHOTOGRAPHY BY HASHIM KIRKLAND

VICTORINE FLOYD FLUDD ALSO IS A LONG-TIME MEMBER OF THE SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE (LIKE STEVEN ERRA AND HASHIM KIRKLAND). PHOTOGRAPHY BY VICTORINE FLOYD FLUDD.

THE SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE (SWPC), NEW YORK CITY, WHERE SIGHTED ARTISTS LIKE MARK ANDRES WORK TOGETHER WITH BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED ARTISTS HAS PUBLISHED, AMONG OTHER PRESENTATIONS, A WONDERFUL BOOK WITH BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES: SHOOTING BLIND, PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED, APERTURE FOUNDATION 2002

KURT WESTON WORKED AS A FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER IN CHICAGO BEFORE HE LOST HIS EYESIGHT. IN HIS SERIES HEARTS OF A SILENT AGE HE USES A FLATBED-SCANNER AS HIS CAMERA. KURT WESTON’S BIOGRAPHY HAS BEEN WRITTEN BY ALINA OSWALD AND IS AVAILABLE AS A BOOK. BY KURT WESTON’S WEBSITE

JAN BÖLSCHE IS BASED IN BERLIN. JAN BÖLSCHE’S WEBSITE

ALICE WINGWALL IS BASED IN CALIFORNIA. ALICE WINGWALL’S WEBSITE

ROSITA McKENZIE IS BASED IN EDINBURG, SCOTLAND. ROSITA McKENZIE’S WEBSITE

THE PHOTOGRAPHY-MAGAZINE “BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY” PUBLISHED IN INDIA INTRODUCES 18 BLIND PHOTOGRAPHERS IN BRIEF PORTRAITS IN THIS ARTICLE, AMONG THEM SEVERAL ARTISTS BASED IN INDIA.

 

TEXTS ON VISUAL ARTS AND BLINDNESS

GERALD PIRNER IS A BLIND ART CRITIC AND WRITER BASED IN BERLIN. HE REFLECTS IN A PRECISE AND LUCID WAY ON HIS EXPERIENCES WITH ART AS A BLIND PERSON

KARSTEN HEIN, BASED IN BERLIN, PUBLISHES A GREAT BLOG BILDER FÜR DIE BLINDEN (PICTURES FOR THE BLIND) TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL BLIND AND SIGHTED AUTHORS.

DOUGLAS McCULLOH, CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION SIGHT UNSEEN, WHO HIMSELF IS AN ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER, HAS WRITTEN SEVERAL INTERESTING ESSAYS ON BLINDNESS AND PHOTOGRAPHY. BLINDNESS AND THE ZERO-POINT OF PHOTOGRAPHY (UNFORTUNATELY THE MAGAZINE AFTERIMAGES CHARGES A FEE FOR THE DOWNLOAD) AND SHOOTING BLIND.

STEVEN ERRA’S ESSAY THE LABYRINTH OF NIGHT DESCRIBES IN A VERY UNIQUE AND POETIC WAY HIS EXPERIENCES AS AN ARTIST LOSING HIS SIGHT.

FURTHER READING

GEORGINA KLEEGE, SIGHT UNSEEN, YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1998. THE BLIND ESSAYIST GEORGINA KLEEGE REFLECTS ON THE REPRESENTATION OF BLIND AND BLINDNESS IN OUR CULTURE.

ROBERT V. HINE, SECOND SIGHT, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS 1993. THE PROFESSOR FOR HISTORY DESCRIBES HOW HE EXPERIENCED LOSING HIS SIGHT – AND PARTLY REGAINING IT THROUGH AN OPERATION.

ALINA OSWALD (WRITER) AND KURT WESTON (PHOTOGRAPHY), JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS, BLURB 2011. BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST AND FORMER FASHION-PHOTOGRAPHER KURT WESTON, WHO LOST HIS SIGHT AS A LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCE OF HIV AND PREMATURE HIV-TREATMENT.

JOSÉ SARAMAGO, BLINDNESS, FAMOUS NOVEL. (BROUGHT TO THE SCREEN BY FERNANDO MEIRELLES).

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