Stefano de Luigi
How does the look of a blind person look like? Can the blind show joy, happiness, disappoint, pain, suffering, pity, regret, with the only use of their eyes? The absence of sight can mean also the absence of complicity behind the camera's lens? We always use the term blind to characterize a person, such as blond, fat, poor, rich.
And maybe, in some way, it is the truth. It doesn't matter if it happens in Africa, Asia, or the old Europe. The fact is, they cannot see the light, the colors, the daily scenes, how awful or gorgeous they can be. The blind are a contrast. It is easier to ignore them, their handicap is hidden, but they do have it. It's not necessary to turn the face to something or someone else, they won't see it. They seem 'normal', but they're not. They have their own world, the same and another than ours, made of different feelings, different images, different colors. And dark.
Blanco is a project in collaboration with CBM Italy (Christian Blind Mission), whose purpose is to report the blind condition worldwide and to inform about the disease battle, when it is possible to cure it.
There is in fact an ambitious project of WHO (World Health Organization) called “World Vision 2020” with the aim to put an end to the condition of permanent blindness by 2020.
The trip through “Blindness” starts in 2003 and ends in 2007, reporting the blind conditions in Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Thailand, China, Laos, Vietnam, Bulgaria, Lithuania.
The work has become an exhibition, a book and a multimedia. The most important awards “Blanco” has received are: World Press Photo Multimedia Contest, POYi Best Photography Book Award and the W. E. Smith Fellowship Grant.
Stefano De Luigi lived in Paris from 1989 to 1996 where he worked for the Grand Louvre Museum as photographer. He has several books like “Pornoland Blanco” and “iDyssey”.
Among the many awards he won four times the World Press Photo, Getty Grant for Editorial Photography and Day’s Japan. He works with several international publications such as New Yorker, Geo, Paris Match Stern. He has exhibited his work in New York, Paris, Geneva, Rome, London. Stefano De Luigi is a member of VII Agency since 2008.