BLIND WITH CAMERA completes 10 years, to know our journey click here
Galerie Huit, France: Galerie Huit in Arles, France is exhibiting the work of 29 blind photographers, across the world including Blind With Camera from India. Exhibition is open till 24th September 2016
RedStone Press, London: Work from Blind With Camera is featured in a book “Blind Photographers” by RedStone Press in London. Click here to read the book review by the Guardian UK.
TEDx Juhu: Partho Bhowmick and blind photographer Bhavesh Patel are speakers at TEDx Juhu on Saturday 9th April 2016
The Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM): Partho Bhowmick conducted sensory photo workshop with delegates of conference Access in Museums in South Asia organized by The Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, City Palace, Jaipur India, 25-28th March 2016. To know more click here
Hyderabad Literary Festival 2016: Partho Bhowmick would be speaking and launching his books SEE AS NO OTHER and IN TOUCH WITH PICTURES at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, 7 -10 January 2016. He will also conduct photo workshop for the blind and sighted (blindfold). To know more click here
Raghu Rai and Blind With Camera: Legendary Indian photographer Raghu Rai inaugurated the exhibition #theblindview at the British Council New Delhi on 1st December, 2015. Photo workshops with visually impaired and exhibitions (at Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi) is a collaboration between Sightsavers India and Blind With Camera.
UK – India Disability Art Program 2016-2017: Team from UK had visited Delhi between November 24th and 29th to explore artists’ collaborations, linkage to DaDa Fest International 2016, develop festival pilots in India in 2017. Discussion and workshops was conducted with artists and disability rights organisations across India. Work from Blind With Camera was exhibited at DaDa Fest, Liverpool UK in 2010 and would take leading role in UK India Disability Art Program.
World Summit Award 2015: Blind With Camera is nominated to the World Summit Award 2015. The World Summit Award recognizes global digital creative and innovation with social impact. In 2015, the World Summit Award received 386 nominations from 86 UN member states. Click here to view the nomination list
#theBLINDview: Blind With Camera in collaboration with the SightSavers India has conducted photography workshops with the visually impaired in Mumbai and Bangalore. Pictures coming out of the workshop has been exhibited in Mumbai (1st & 2nd August 2015) and Bangalore (10th & 11th October 2015). The exhibition showcases photographs taken by – and of – people with visual impairment, as they conduct their day to day activities. Final exhibition will be in New Delhi on 1st and 2nd December 2015. As Blind With Camera is committed to inclusiveness, pictures at the exhibitions are made accessible to the visually impaired by a combination of touch & feel raised pictures, Audio Description and Braille footnotes. To know more, click here
Picture from #theBLINDview exhibition at Bangalore
Dialogue in the Dark’s International Meeting, Singapore, 2nd – 6th October 2015: Partho Bhowmick and his team will be presenting Blind With Camera through exhibition, illustrated talk and book launch at the event. The International Meeting brings together partners of Dialogue in the Dark across 32 countries and supporters from all over the world. The International Meeting is organized and hosted by Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH, Germany in cooperation with Dialogue in the Dark, Singapore. To know more, chick here
Pictures of Visually Impaired, volunteers and Partho, at City Photo Tour Singapore
Blind Creations, London, June 28 – 30, 2015 – Blind With Camera will showcase at the Blind Creation: an international event on Blindness and the Arts at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Along with exhibition of photographs taken by the visyaly impaired, two books on Blind With Camera tilted “See As No Other” and “In Touch With Pictures” will be launched at the event. To know more, click here
National Museum New Delhi, 24th April 2015: Partho Bhowmick presented how Blind With Camera is using multi-senory ways for interpretations of picture (or visual arts) by the visually impaired. This presenation was part of workshop on Making Museums Accessible for Persons with Disabilities (PWD) on 24th April 2015 organised by UNESCO and the National Museum New Delhi. To know more, click here
TEDx IIM Indore, March 2015: Partho Bhowmick and blind photographer Bhavesh Patel spoke at TEDx IIM Indore. Click here to enjoy the video.
LUX Perfume Portrait – Bhavesh Patel born blind photographer shoots Katrina Kaif for the LUX campaign. He is trained in photography under Blind With Camera since 2010. This is for first time in the world a blind photographer is engaged in a commercial shoot. Bhavesh is being paid as per industry standard and treated with full dignity. He says “Visually Impaired Person (VIP) has really become a Very Important Person (VIP).”
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Picture of Bhavesh Patel from the LUX Perfume Portraits campaign
Blind With Camera is awarded the Manthan Award South Asia & Asia Pacific Award for 2014 under the category e-Inclusion & Accessibility. Partho Bhowmick take the award from Mr. Amir Ullah Khan, Senior Policy Advisor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on 4th December 2014 at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
Sept 9th & 10th, 2014: At the UNESCO’s national conference on People with Disabilities (PwDs) at New Delhi, Partho Bhowmick as a panel member talks on the participation in and enjoyment of arts and culture by PwD based on Artical 30, of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Aug 30th, 2014: Partho Bhowmick as panel member at the symposium on “Ethics in Photography” at the Max Muller Bhavan (New Delhi), spoke on the ethical model developed foraround the Blind With Camera project and need for best ethical practices with the evolving “Non-Retinal” photographic practices around the world.
Aug 2nd & 3rd, 2014: Blind With Camera was part of PRERNA 2014 with photography workshop for the local visually impaired and blindfold photo workshop for the sighted. To read media coverage click here. PRERNA is a national event organised by MS University Baroda since 2006, it brings the ability of the people with disabilities (PwDs) in the public domain.
Singer Kailash Kher’s Ujaale Baant Lo – On 7th August 2013, the Blind With Camera team received award for contributing a video on a song “Ujaale Baant Lo” (Spead the Light) by Kailash Kher. Click here to view the video.
The film “Ship of Theseus” and Blind With Camera Blind With Camera has inspired and supported Anand Gandhi, the director of internationally awarded film “Ship of Theseus” which has 3 stories, story of a blind photographer, a monk and a young stockbroker, all thrown into situations that challenge their beliefs.
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Blind With Camera is included as chapter 13, in the recently released book titled “Disability Studies in India – Global Discourses, Local Realities” Edited by Renu Addlakha, pubished by Routledge India. This is for the first time a major publication of disability studies in India, has included photography / visual art by the differentlt-abled as an instrument of change and a social equalizer. To know more click here
SPJIMR Mumbai – Blindfold sensory photo workshop was conducted at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), one of India’s premium business school on Oct 24, 2012. Students had to take pictures of surfaces / textures (feel of touch), audio source (feel of sound), own face or body and contrast area (feel of heat). Along with Partho Bhowmick, the visually impaired photographers from Blind With Camera conducted the workshop. Below is a picture from the workshop session and picture taken by participant based on feel of touch and heat. To view more pictures chick here
Alliance Française de Delhi – Works from Blind With Camera was exhibited at Alliance Française de Delhi from Oct 5 to Oct 18. Along with exhibition, photo workshops was conducted with the visually impaired students of the Delhi University and the Saksham School Nodia.
BBC – has featured work of Blind With Camera, click here to view it
Sept 7, 2012: Open Frame Film Festival, New Delhi – a documentary film “Light on the Dark Side” on Blind With Camera is directed by Geeta Sight produced by The Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), an organisation supported by Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Govt of India.
“Light on the Dark Side” was screened at the Open Frame Film Festival of PSBT in New Delhi. Shortly the film will be telecast on TV channels. To view the promo of film click here, for review by the Indian Express, click here
Sept 1 – 21, 2012: WIDE EYE OPEN at The Harrington Street Arts Centre (HSAC) Kolkata – is the biggest ever exhibition pictures coming out of Blind With Camera. Over 100 blow-up photographs are on display at the magistic and huge gallery space of the HSAC. Along with normal photographs on display the exhibition offers Touch & Feel raised pictures, Braille & Large Print footbotes and Audio Descpriptions (AD) for visually impaired visitors. As part of the exhibition, photo workshop was conducted with visually impaired teenagers from the Welfare Society for the Blind Kolkata and blindfold senseory photo & drawing workshop with students and teachers of nornal schools in Kolkata. Viewer can watch “Dark Light” a documentary film by HBO on international blind photographers and Iranian film “Seven Blind Female Fim makers.” WIDE EYE OPEN is collaboration between HSAG and Blind With Camera / Beyond Sight Foundation. To view more pics click here. For review in The Telegraph Kollkata click here
Ujaale Baant Lo – Blind With Camera has contributed a video on a song Ujaale Baant Lo by Kailash Kher.Click here to view the video, write your comment and share with others.
June 5-10, 2012: CLICK RIGHTS – “Rights, Camera, Education” at NCPA Mumbai – photo exhibition highlighting the challenges faced by disabled children in education. The photos have been clicked by both sighted and visually impaired photo enthusiasts who have been mentored by CRY (Child Rights & You) and Blind With Camera / Beyond Sight Foundation. At the “inclusive: exhibition, all visitors can enjoy will find touch and feel images, braille footnotes, audio descriptive, interact with visually impaired photographers to understand how they take pictures and also participate in blindfold photo workshops. To view more pics click here
Feb 12th 2012 – TEDxBITSGoa BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus. TED is a global platform devoted to ‘Ideas worth Spreading’. It is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. Partho Bhowmick will deliver an illustrated talk on inspiring story on the making of Blind With Camera. To know more click here
Feb 6th & 7th 2012 – Tech Share New Delhi. Tech Share is a global event that spreads awareness about adaptive technologies that enables people with disabilities to live independently. Since 2008 the event is organized in India by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) UK along with Indian partners the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Barrier Break Technologies. Blind With Camera will conduct workshop at Tech Share 2012 to showcase how a combination of touch & feel raised pictures, Braille, Large Print, visual aids and Audio Description (AD) can be used to access and enjoy photographs (other visual arts) by the visually impaired. To know more click here
Feb 3rd & 4th 2012 – Conference on “Arts Education and Social Justice” Bangalore. India Federation for Arts (IFA) Bangalore together with Geothe Institute Bangalore is hosting a national conference on the theme of “Arts Education and Social Justice.” Work from Blind With Camera will be exhibited at the conference, Partho will be part of the panel discussion on ” The Art of Disability in the Classroom.” To know more chick here
Dec 20th 2011: Goa Art & Literary Festival – Partho spoke on “What happens when BLIND pick up cameras” to a group of cerebral audience which included Dr. Shahidul Alam (DRIK Bangladesh), Pablo Bartholomew (World Press Photographer), Dr. Alka Pande (Director India Habitat Center New Delhi) and many more.
Dec 3rd 2011 (World Disability Day) – Bajaj Art Gallery Mumbai. “Right Click” is an exhibition of photographs taken by visually impaired photographers and sighted photographers to capture the challenges faced by children with disability in the field of education and social participation. This exhibition is the outcome of collaboration between Blind With Camera and CRY (Child Rights & You)
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13th to 15th August 2011 – Photography workshop will be conducted in a blind school run by the Lok Vishwas Pratishthan, Ponda Goa. Most children with complete blindness to partial blindness took pictures for the first time in their lives. The workshop is supported by Canon India.
13th to 15th August 2011 – Residency workshop on alternative photography was conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Alternative Photography, Goa. Low vision / partial blind people who were previously into photography attending this workshop. They took pictures using pinhole, 35mm, mid and large format camera, and also worked in darkroom to develop films and print black & white photographs. For most participants the workshop was significant and emotional as it reconnect to them photography as they had left it due to sight problem. The workshop is supported by Canon India.
11th June to 7th Sept 2011 – Photography workshops was conducted with the visually impaired students of the St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Work coming out of this workshop will be exhibited at Antarchakshu (The Eye Within), a multi sensory event promoted by the XRCVC (Xavier’s Resource Centre for Visually Challenged) on 8th & 9th of September 2011. Workshops and up coming exhibition is supported by Canon India.
17th March 2011 – Blindfold Photography Workshop conducted for employees of the Edelweiss Group Mumbai.
illustarted talk on the making of Blind With Camera at the Nehru Centre London (cultural wing of the Indian High
Comission in UK).