Partho Bhowmick teaches photography for the blind



Partho Bhowmick of Mumbai saw an extraordinary opportunity in what most would have thought an indulgent gesture. He believed he could teach blind people photography.

At a workshop, visually impaired participants learn the basics using point-and-shoot 35 mm or SLR cameras. They use raised images, Braille notes, visual aids and audio descriptions of illustrations. Outdoors they add sound, warmth of light and help from friends. Those who had sight for a while rely on visual recollections of the "subject". Propelled by strong intuition, they place the camera in relation to the object, space and light and click.

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