Blind With Camera project was started by photographer Partho Bhowmick in Mumbai, India. Early 2004, accidentally he picked up an old issue of a photo magazine from a pavement vendor in Mumbai to come across an article on Evgen Bavcar, an accomplished blind photographer based in Paris. His passion for photography made him contact Evgen Bavcar over the Internet and got profoundly influenced by his work and philosophy. Partho engaged himself in self-study on blindness and visual art, and in the process, came in touch with several blind photographers and blind artists around the world and people working towards giving new insight to the blind and their artistic expression.
After nearly two years of independent research on blindness and visual art, Partho decided to start a workshop on photography for the blind, but it was not easy to get around endless queries, questions and doubts. Finally, after months of trying to get participants, in January 2006, he started the workshop with just one student. Several visually impaired jointed later. Workshop was free of cost, it was funded initially by Partho and later Kodak came forward to support it.
As the workshop evolved with time, Partho could see the illuminated new world of the Blind photographer’s inner gallery. These inner galleries where translated into an “inclusively” designed exhibitions. Since the first show in 2007, the exhibition has been travelling across India and abroad, and viewed by over 40,000 sighted people and thousands of visually impaired people. The making of the project is presented and discussed at several social and cultural conferences. Blind With Camera project is the first of its kind in India and today the project has spread to other cities of India.
Early 2009, Partho founded the Beyond Sight Foundation to widen the scope and deepen the social deliverables of Blind With Camera project.