Photography for the Blind

The blind are taking pictures in Jerusalem. Absurd? Believe it. They go through a photography course, learn what there is to learn, then they take pictures. The result is mystifying.

There is this deeply expressive photo of a woman in an old age home; an unexpected photo angle of a mundane situation, like waiting at a bus stop; three cypresses in the distance that meet all the rules of composition.

The blind persons who took these photos studied photography at Beit Ha’iver (Center for the Blind) in Herzliya and their work is currently on display at the photography department of the Bezalel Academy of Art on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem until January 25.

There’s certainly some insight to be gained from stories like this. Read “The Camera’s Eye” by Alon Hadar at the link below.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.