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Shut: Blind Photographer's Story

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 11, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pete Eckert works with sound, memory, and touch to generate visual imagery for the rest of us.

Using all his senses but site to construct and compose his images Pete Eckert has been creating photographs for nearly 20 years. Eckert's dream was to become an architect and after training in sculpture and industrial design he hoped to study architecture at Yale. Dreams seemed dashed by a diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that ends in permanent blindness, but the artis in him persisted.

Outfitted with specialized equipment and a tactile and acoustic awareness Eckert funnels sensory input into his mind's eye and the shot is taken. Eckert makes his works from framing the shot to developing negatives and prints independently. With a little help from his sighted friends, he can translate the seen and choose to print works that best capture his memory of the space or moment.

Eckert's work is haunting and felt. It is convincing from the inside. His new work with deaf-blind friends should prove to be a further step into darkness and into light. Frames translate not a lack of sensation, rather a heightened awareness on another plane.

Mutual Art's interview with the artist.

Artist's site.

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