Eckert, a blind photographer

Due to a disease, Pete Eckert turned slowly blind, though today he is still an award winning photographer. The Avant/Garde Diaries met him to get to know Pete Eckert and his fascinating talent a bit better. Eckert says ‘I view my work during the event of taking the shot in my mind’s eye’. ‘I ‘see’ each shot very clearly, only I use sound, touch, and memory.’ He takes his photos mostly at night, when his hometown of Sacramento is quiet and empty, and he can move around more easily. Although they clearly depict the isolation from the world of those who see, Eckert considers his highly stylized ‘light paintings’ to be a bridge between the world of the blind and the sighted.

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