“Points of View”
Portraits made By Visually Impaired People.
Published by Contrasto and W.E.A. Italy 2004
Exhibited at The Camera Club. London 2002
Palazzo La Triennale. Milan 2003
Palazzo Terragni. Lissone 2004
Valle Lunga. Rome 2004
GP Autodrome. Monza 2004
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, not for the visually impaired. They have
a different kind of memory, that is made out of smell, touch and
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; she thought a great way to do this, was to
give them a chance to photograph themselves. 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.
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.
“A picture for me is everything,
for Visually Impaired People
is just a piece of paper”