The Blind Photographer

Julian Rothenstein, Mel Gooding


     9 × 12.5 in (22.9 × 31.8 cm)
160 pages
144 color illustrations, 15 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Rights: World English outside UK
ISBN: 9781616895235

The blind photographer cannot see a butterfly perched perfectly still on a flower, a bowl of sweet-smelling fruit, or a child's rattle on a darkened floor, but the mind's eye is sharply focused. How then, do blind or partially sighted people capture such extraordinary images? The photographs in this revelatory book suggest a deeper truth: that blindness is itself a kind of seeing, and that those who can see are often blind to the strangeness and beauty of the world around them. As the blind photographer Evgen Bavcar writes, "Photography must belong to the blind, who in their daily existence have learned to become the masters of camera obscura." Through the photographs of more than fifty blind or partially sighted people from around the world, this exhilarating book---the first to explore this phenomenon in all its vibrancy and diversity---will make you see differently.

Julian Rothenstein is the publisher and designer of Redstone Press.

Editorial Reviews

Huffington Post:

"The 150 images featured in Rothenstein's book, compiled from artists around the world, can be felt as well as seen. The photographers included in Rothenstein's collection are not just committed to taking pretty pictures. They want to change the way you see the world."

Library Journal:

"What may seem incongruous (or even impossible), the blind making photographs, becomes reality via the images here and the introduction by novelist Candia McWilliam (who for a time had lost her sight), an opportunity to reflect on the nature of photography and of vision itself, in this moving and memorable book."

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