On Saturday, the Naples Museum of Art in Naples, Flordia opened its newest exhibition, titled “Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists.” The exhibit celebrates the groundbreaking photographic work of 11 blind or visually impaired artists. Doug McCulloh, curator for "Sight Unseen," also curated a first-of-its-kind exhibit for blind or visual impaired artists at The California Museum of Photography in 2009. McCulloh, a sighted photographer who has worked with visually impaired artists for many years, believes in the importance of promoting and sharing the content developed within this new genre. "These photos show a richer, more poetic world than we can see with just our eyes," says McCulloh. “They’re inherently original. They’re inherently conceptual. They’re inherently meaningful.”
McCulloh understands that these photographers must be held to different standards and governed by a different set of rules when capturing an image they see with their minds eye. “There are all these rules in photography that we’re supposed to follow. But people who are blind can’t be influenced by all that.”
Perhaps Pete Eckert, one of the exhibit's contributing artists, summed it up the best. “It’s a bridge between my world and yours,” he explains. “I’m trying to translate our world to be deciphered by you guys.”
To learn more, read the new-press.com article: Naples Museum of Art displays the photography of the blind or, if you are in the area, stop by and check out the exhibit for yourself!
• What: “Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists”
• When: Opens Saturday and continues through March 24
• Where: The Naples Museum of Art, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FLA
• Admission: $10, $5 for students, free for ages 17 and younger
• Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday
• Info: 1-597-1900 or thephil.org
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