I wanted to look at how disability is explored by photographers in different cultures and contexts.
This project is a brainchild of disabled activist, attorney and photographer Mary Lou Mobley, and is advertised online as “A photographic celebration of the profound changes and personal connections made possible by the Americans with Disabilities Act.” It sets out to collect images that document changes brought about by the ADA. Continue reading “The ADA image project”
Some of the images are available online through a retrospective hosted on the New Mobility website. The images deal firstly with activism, in particular the 1990s campaigns around Capitol Hill, where people in wheelchairs climbed the steps or chained themselves to objects of oppression such as revolving doors: Continue reading “Tom Olin”
Following a link from the same lead, I came across the work of Voelker. A studio-based photographer, Voelker managed to transcend his disability to become a renowned celebrity portrait photographer in his own right. Continue reading “Christopher Voelker”
Another disabled photographer, Worthington does not confine himself to the studio. He uses a tripod head attached to his wheelchair using a Mount’n Mover limb system developed specifically for disabled people by BlueSky Designs to enable them to use cameras laptops tablets and other electronic gadgetry. Continue reading “Loren Worthington”
Connolly was born without legs, a condition known as sporadic birth defect. He uses his camera to stare back at those people who stare at him on the street. Since he travels the globe as an X Games athlete and skier, his pictures show people from many different cultures, all in the act of staring at him. Continue reading “Kevin Connolly”
A couple of inspirational photographers came to light whilst looking up disabled photographers. The first is Moamen Qreiqea, 25, a photographer who lost both his legs in an Israeli air strike in 2008 while taking pictures east of Gaza. Continue reading “Palestinian war correspondents: Moamen Qreiqea and Osama Silwadi”