The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI), in Atlanta, Georgia, is delighted to introduce you to the inspiring individuals who grace the pages of this special online version of our Blind/Sight exhibition.
Blind/Sight, Conversations with the Visually Impaired, is a collection of photographs of people with vision loss, a biography of each person, a description of their vision (both in audio format as well as print), and an illustration of what they see. Created by photographer Billy Howard and illustrator Laurie Shock, whose lives and work are both collaborations, Blind/Sight premiered at the VSA Arts of Georgia gallery and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. It was permanently installed at the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) in 2007. A copy of the original exhibit was made for the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The exhibit touches people in ways that narrative descriptions are unable to do. All of the people profiled have been clients of CVI who sought help to live with independence and dignity after facing vision loss. This exhibition allows others to experience how they see the world, through their eyes. CVI clients and their families listen to the interviews, see the photographs and illustrations of their own eye conditions, and recognize that they are not alone in their quest for independence.
To celebrate CVI’s 50th anniversary in 2012, a traveling exhibit of Blind/Sight was created that would continue to inform and inspire. This Blind/Sight website has also been developed so that people around the world can experience the artistry and sensitive portrayal of each of the people, all CVI clients and friends, who agreed to be photographed and interviewed.
CVI dedicates this website to our clients and to the friendships that have given life to Blind/Sight, especially to Billy Howard and Laurie Shock.