One Eye Open: The Story of a One-Eyed Photographer Named James Fabri

Perth-based photographer James Fabri sees things a little differently when he looks through the viewfinder of a DSLR. While most photographers can only use half of their regular vision to frame shots, Fabri has the advantage of seeing things the way he normally experiences the world. You see, he only has one eye.

When Fabri was a child, he constantly struggled with problems in his right eye. After 10 different surgeries in an attempt to “fix” the issue, Fabri decided at the age of 13 to simply have his eye removed. Shortly afterward, his life was shaken even more by the passing of his father.

In the short 7-minute video above, titled “One Eye Open” and created by photographer Beau Maher, Fabri shares the story of his difficult life journey, what photography means to him, and the challenge of struggling with prejudice.

Here’s a sampling of Fabri’s photographs:

You can find more of his photographs on his Tumblr page, which is titled “We Are All Different.”

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Image credits: Photographs by James Fabri and used with permission

  • Thomas Hawk

    I only see out of my left eye. My right eye is extremely far sighted and essentially shuts down unless my left eye is closed. I’ve always had trouble judging depth.

  • Johnnyboy

    I also am a one-eyed photographer. I’ve been shooting for almost 20 years. I lost my left eye a few years ago and just had it removed do to complications. It’s funny, my vision (photographic vision) has gotten better, more condensed, more concise, more sharpened. Life has a way of giving you lemon-aid from lemons, JUST OPEN YOUR EYES!!!

  • Hadi Nor

    my right-side had a cataract and all the way (the process of building my own style) shoot with left side. now, the cataract has been removed and I guess my early days are better. : )

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Outside of street photography and sports photography, is there any other particularly significant advantage in using 2 eyes for shooting?

  • Tom Frundle

    I also am a “one eyed” shooter. I’m legally blind in my right eye (only corrects to 20/200 with contacts/glasses). I believe Trey Ratcliff has the same issue in one of his eyes. Glad to see that it doesn’t hold us back from doing what we love!

  • Neoracer Xox

    Do one eyed people have a better sense of 2/3rds rule or Golden Ratio ect

  • Ahmed S. Messaoudi

    and I think Trey Ratcliff too!!! Yeah! Many of the greatest photographers of our present time are blind in one eye!!

  • Michael Comeau

    Albert Watson is blind in one eye.

  • Nathan Caulford

    I have a pretty good sense, but not because I have only one eye. Personally, the biggest advantage I’ve noticed is the way I see and capture depth.


    all you need is one eye really

  • Deborah

    I am also a photographer, I went blind out of the blue this Christmas day in my left eye due to Devics an aggressive form of MS. Walking down stairs & bumping into things is a bit of an issue, but I am still hoping to be able to do a big shoot in California at the end of this month. Best of luck to you!!