[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Blind with Camera School of Photography, 7 Blind Women Filmakers, caps, DadaFest 2010, Hereford Photography Festival
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Hereford Photography Festival
Becky Matthews straddles both the [Open Here] collection and her
collaboration with the Royal National College for the Blind in Focus
Here exhibitions and talks. She oversaw visually and touchably readable
art works and road signs positioned around the venue - a revelation
about the use of photography for blind and visually impaired people.
Accomanying it is Sights Unseen, a touring exhibition curated by the
London charity PhotoVoice, and including works from China, Mexico and
Israel, which all defy expectations - and fit surprisingly well among
current trends for blurred, off-centre, unconventionally composed images
sold for high prices by many successful and sighted photographers.
Innovator, advocate for blind honored
Some of the recreational programs he established for the blind seem
surprising: a darts club, a choir that produced a holiday CD, a bowling
team, pottery and kudzu basket-making classes, photography classes, a
hiking and running club, and a book club. He even started a Visionaries
in Public Speaking Toastmaster’s Club.
New Era Cap the international headwear and apparel brand, is proud to
announce its latest collaboration with photographer for the stars,
Johnny Nunez. The extremely limited edition cap celebrates the
influential work of the EYE CAN Foundation, a non-profit organization
that works to improve the lives and opportunities of foster care youth
and the visually impaired in order to see a better future.
This signature 59FIFTY cap reflects his hip hop roots and illustrates
his inspiration of teaching visually impaired kids how to overcome their
handicap and embrace photography. The New Era x Johnny Nunez cap has a
unique characteristic in that it is inscribed in Braille on the brim
which quotes “history repeats itself, opportunity does not, be ready.”
Blind with Camera at DadaFest 2010
An exhibition by Blind with Camera is showing at the DaDa-Fest
International, Liverpool until 3 December 2010. DAO talked to Partho
Bhowmick who set up the project in Mumbai, India, in 2006 after being
inspired by Evgen Bavcar, an accomplished blind photographer based in Paris.
Blind with Camera School of Photography
When we think of sight, we think of light and when we think of a blind,
we think of darkness. The partition between light and darkness is
natural as the polarity between people with sight and people with
blindness is deeply rooted in our historical, psychological and
sociological influences. Our cultural emphasis on eye centeredness for
interpretation of knowledge, truth and reality make it difficult for us
to imagine living without sight.
Photography by the visually impaired is in the remotest of our
imagination and most of us are unaware that they can take pictures and
also they can be trained in photography like the sighted people.
Blind With Camera School of Photography is a e-school where people with
visually impairment can learn art of photography, upload pictures taken
by them, share their point of view and their experience of creation. The
school also spreads awareness among general public about the challenges
faced by the visually impaired and their sensory substitution - proving
that though photography by visually impaired looks difficult, they do it
The e-school aims to create a global community where people with visual
impairment can learn, enjoy the art of photography and provide a
platform to showcase their “inner galley” of images to the sighted
community, and inspire change in the society.
7 Blind Women Filmakers
This extraordinary omnibus film presents seven shorts made by a group of
blind women who each participated in a yearlong filmmaking workshop
initiated by director Mohammad Shirvani. Each short opens an intensely
intimate window on the everyday experience of the blind while the
collection as a whole raises fascinating questions about the nature of
Born in 1973 in Tehran, Mohammad Shirvani made his first short film, THE
CIRCLE, in 1999. It was among the 7 short films selected by
International Critics' Week in Cannes that year. Since then he has made
8 short fiction films and 6 documentary and experimental feature films,
which have been screened in more than 200 festivals around the world and
won prestigious awards. His first long feature film will be released in
2009. At present, he is the president of the independent Iranian Short
Film Association (ISFA).
Shirvani's daring and unconventional approach to filmmaking is, perhaps,
most apparent with his latest project. After experiencing a dream in
which he turned blind he began thinking about how the blind related to
his medium. Spurred on by these thoughts he began running workshops for
blind women, introducing them to the film making process.
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