[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Juan Torre photographer, Didu technique

fnugg at online.no fnugg at online.no
Wed Apr 16 07:07:48 UTC 2014


Links to articles about Juan Torre, a photographer and the reproduction 
technique he uses. Resending link to the National Center for Blind Youth 
in Science.


National Center for Blind Youth in Science 

Nokia create challenges to make apps for visually impaired

Accessible applications on cell phones, even in today's age, are hard to 
come by. Developers either don't want to include accessibility or don't 
consider that disabled people may want to use their applications.
...There are eight categories for apps, and one of them is to make apps 
that are accessible to the visually impaired. Developers can submit apps 
that are as basic as adding vibration to the compass or as complex as 
using the built in camera for image recognition. There are ten 
categories of apps that Nokia is looking for. These include "Image and 
Photo, Near Field Communication, Maps and Places, Music, Cross-8, Fun 
and Games, Work Life, Freestyle, Nokia Lumia Devices, and Remote Device 
Access." Developers have until December 15 to submit their apps.

iPhone app helps blind users see the world around them
Blind iPhone <http://www.tuaw.com/tag/iphone> users now have a new tool 
with which to see the world thanks to the Singapore Association of the 
Visually Handicapped and developer StarHub. It's called MySmartEye 
<https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mysmarteye/id675011561?mt=8>, and it's 
a fairly simple concept: Visually impaired users snap photos with the 
app which are then uploaded to a massive gallery that sighted volunteers 
can browse. These "microvolunteers," as the app calls them, describe 
each photo in detail. That description is then read back to the user who 
took the photo using the app's built-in text-to-speech feature.


MySmartEye is a micro-volunteering initiative designed to crowdsource 
vision and care for the visually impaired. Using the MySmartEye 
application, the visually impaired will be connected to 
micro-volunteers, family, and friends wherever they are, whenever they like.

Pennsylvania museum tells blind visitors: Please touch!

Blind Sheffield photographer to 'see' image again

*Family and friends of a photographer who lost his sight due to cancer 
have rallied to enable him to 'see' his work again.*

In days, they raised the 3,075 euros needed to produce a touchable 
Braille-style version of one of Clive Egginton's images.

And, as the money continues to flood in, they now plan an innovative 
exhibition so Clive's work can be enjoyed by visually impaired and 
sighted people.


BBC video

Blind photographer's 'seeing' images

Juan Torre had a successful career as a newspaper photographer when at 
the age of 30 he began to suffer from Behcet's syndrome - a rare and 
poorly-understood disease that has left him with 6% vision.

But despite his inability to make out more than vague shapes and 
colours, he refused to abandon his love of photography - and instead has 
learnt to adapt his technique.

Now he is working on an exhibition of Braille photographs of musicians, 
enabling blind people to 'touch' his subjects' hands and faces.


Unity Festival 2012: Exhibition by Juan Torre

Spanish photographer Juan Torre created this exhibition out of a desire 
to enable people with visual impairment to understand visual works. His 
magnificent photographs of famous Spanish artists are finished with a 
relief effect that gives people with little or no sight the ability to 
"see" the image through touch.

Playing on the Spanish word 'tocar', meaning both to play and to touch, 
Torre's bold images of musicians and singers invite you to reach out and 
feel the picture's contours. Everyone, whether sighted or blind, will 
enjoy exploring this unique exhibition of photographs through touch.

Didu reproduction technique


Touching the Stars: Blind Photographers and Space Telecopes 

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