Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 288 Photographer Dorothea Lange made the observation that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Her statement may refer to the viewer, whose senses are affected by an image that has been presented by a photographer, or it may refer to the mental crafting that takes place before a photographer points and shoots. How is this process altered, then, when the photographer cannot see? According to Sight Unseen Curator Douglas McCulloh, rather than being a hindrance, the absence of sight opens the way for a heightened expression of the artist’s unseen thoughts and ideas. “Blind photographers possess the clearest vision on the planet,” he says, noting that “their images are elaborately realized internal visualizations first, photographs second.” Modern art has placed a great deal of value on the translation of an artist’s personalized conceptions into something tangible. Since the invention of photography, we no longer need painters to recreate nature; anyone with a cell phone or drugstore camera can produce a likeness that is faithful to the original source. The challenge for contemporary artists is to rise above mere imitation and grab the attention of the viewer by producing an image that provokes and stimulates. For the photographers in the Sight Unseen exhibition, the worlds inside their minds become accessible to others through their remarkable work. “I’m a very visual person,” says Pete Eckert, “I just can’t see.” Paris-based artist Evgen Bavcar expresses a similar thought when he says “I have a private gallery, but, unfortunately, I am the only one who can visit it. Others can enter it by means of my photographs.” The exhibition assembles more than 100 works by a dozen photographers from all over the world. Some of them pursue a purely conceptual art from the regions of their own minds, others use sensory cues such as hearing and smell to guide their cameras or rely on pure chance. A third group, made up of artists with very limited sight, uses the camera to amplify visual images as they pursue an enhanced method of seeing. The resulting photographs are a testament to the artists’ refusal to accept limitations and to the desire of all humans to have a creative Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists Daywood Gallery October 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017 A free opening reception for this exhibit takes place on October 23, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. Evgen Bavcar (Paris, France), A Close Up View. Photograph. Work featured in Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists; curated by Douglas McCulloh. TheJamesH. and Alice TeubertCharitableTrustPresents