Canadian museum exhibit presents photographs blind people can “see”.
Breakthrough technology by 3DPhotoWorks.
A major exhibition of work by some of the world’s most accomplished blind photographers opened recently at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR). Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists explores how the blind can often see in ways that the sighted cannot.
Sight Unseen at the CMHR is also the first museum exhibition in the world to showcase three-dimensional tactile fine art printing technology developed by 3DPhotoWorks.
Created to serve the blind and sight impaired, this innovative technology is seen as a breakthrough for people with vision loss – allowing them to “see” photographs and fine art with their fingertips.
The new process, based on research into the concept of neuroplasticity, encourages the brain to use tactile information as if it came from the eyes, creating a mental picture of images.
“This technology allows the blind to experience images directly, without depending on another person’s interpretation,” said John Olson, Co-Founder of 3DPhotoWorks. “The words most frequently used by blind people when they describe this experience are ‘freedom’, ‘independence’ and ‘equality’.
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“As a blind father with both blind and sighted children, it thrills me that my family will be able to explore and appreciate great works of art, photographs, and other images together.” -Mark Riccobono, President, National Federation of the Blind