Blind Visual Artist Pete Eckert Makes Photographs Without Seeing

Pete Eckert didn’t start out too seriously in photography. Trained in sculpture and industrial design, he was working as a carpenter when one day a doctor diagnosed him with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition that leads to permanent blindness. He eventually discovered photography and has been doing amazing work since. The beautifully made video above sheds light on how he goes about creating art despite his visual impairment.

Update: Here’s another video on Pete’s work:

Pete Eckert (via Photojojo)

  • Alex

    Hi i would like to know what is the model of the camera that appear holding at the beginning of the video?

  • Sergio

    It´s a mamiyaflex TLR

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  • bob

    pretty amazing stuff

  • Jazzmast

    so why does he wear glasses then?

  • Jazzmast

    so why does he wear glasses then?

  • Richard Favinger Jr

    You can find other blind and legally blind photographers in the Blind Photographers Flickr group. And the HBO Documentary “Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers”. Featuring underwater blind photographer Bruce Hall. – I am a legally blind sports photographer myself, and I thank PetaPixel for posting this.

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  • Richard Favinger Jr

    Many “blind” people wear glasses. It corrects their remaining vision better then nothing at all. Others wear sunglasses because they are self-conscious (a missing or damaged eye), others have a high sensitivity to bright light.

  • eni turkeshi imagery

    this is just wonderful.