Visually impaired people were the subject matter of Delhi-based photographer Sipra Das’ first solo exhibition, called ‘Third Eye’. Held at the Lalit Kala Akademi from May 7 to 13, the exhibition had 50 pictures depicting various aspects of the life of persons with blindness and visual impairment.
The show was inaugurated by nine-year-old visually impaired twins. Sipra was also keen that the subjects of her photographs be able to ‘see’ her work. So she has a book of the photographs prepared in Braille.
Sipra spent lots of time with visually impaired people to capture all their moods. She went to many places in India – to Darjeeling, Djongri, Patnitop, villages in Bihar, Gujarat, Bengal and Delhi – and virtually lived with them. “Every one discouraged me from putting up an exhibition…”, she revealed, “but I went ahead.” She has now dedicated herself to highlighting social causes in her pictures, besides the usual work of news photography.
‘Third Eye’ will travel to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kolkata by this year-end.