Points of View
Self portraits made by visually impaired people.
Color and Black & White 35mm Film
Group Exhibition and Photographic Book published & organized by
Contrasto and W.E.A. (take out Italy 2004) to celebrate ‘The Year
of the Disabled’ in collaboration with the works (Take out and the
books) of Maurizio Galimberti, Marina Gavazzi and Paolo Liaci.
The Camera Club - London 2002, Palazzo La Triennale - Milan 2003,
Palazzo Terragni - Lissone 2004, GP Autodrome - Monza 2004 - Valle
Lunga - Rome 2004.
"Each and every person has a different point of view about himself and others. The value of photography is often taken for granted by those that can see. A picture captures a moment in time and creates a visual memory forever. But not for the visually impaired. They have a different kind of memory that is made out of smell, touch and sound.
For them a picture is no more than a piece of paper.
Deborah wanted to share her passion and love for photography with the visually impaired. Deborah handed over her camera, and invited them to enter her world. Using a remote control or holding the camera towards themselves they clicked. They created a “piece of paper” with an external “eye”, a camera, which gave them new self-expression and joy.
A magic moment began: now photography was part of their lives, and therefore, she was too.
This project on visually impaired people’s self-portraits is precious because it is an exchange and the coming together of two very different worlds, the visual and the non-visual.
It provides access to a new and enriching experience that acknowledges different points of view in which people perceive themselves.
This project shows that what seems impossible can easily be possible. Even a blind person can become a photographer…by taking a courageous self-portrait." (Curator Maria Cristina Didero)
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