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Seeing Beyond Sight: Photographs by Blind Teenagers
With its ambitious, seemingly paradoxical premise, Seeing Beyond Sight is a book of photographs taken by teenagers with limited or no sight. Seeing Beyond Sight documentshow educator Tony Deifell taught his blind students to take pictures as an innovative, multi-sensory means of self-expression. Their intuitive images are surprising and often beautiful. Complementing the p ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published February 22nd 2007 by Chronicle Books
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Jun 29, 2008 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Jason Morningstar
This book is completely awesome. I saw a few of these photos on exhibition at the Center for Documentary Studies and they knocked me out. Excellent work, Mr. Deifell! Fantastic job, kids! These photos are genius.
Photographer Tony Deifell was inspired to try to teach photography to blind students from a story about a blind photographer on public radio. After convincing a skeptical administrator, he volunteered his time in an after-school program with students at Governor Morehead School in South Carolina. Providing each with a point-and-shoot camera and some tips on composition—making sure the sun was behind them, holding the camera level, not cutting off anyone’s head—he sent the students out to take pi ...more
If I could make one book required reading for all teens, it would be this one. The book is a collection of photographs taken by visually handicapped teenagers at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, NC. The author, Tony Deifell, organized a five year photography course for a group of 38 students. The students are visually hindered on a three point scale, with the extreme being complete blindness. The group defined what they photographed as “sound shadows”. The book is a photo-j ...more
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