In Stephen Sondheim’s musical, A Sunday in the Park with George, about the painter, Georges Seurat, the character of Georges utters the line, “White. A blank page or canvas….So many possibilities.” In many ways this statement defines the beginning of the creative process.
For the photographer Stefano De Luigi, blanco or white, defines the idea of blindness as a constant vision of white. Just as Seurat filled his painter’s canvas, Stefano De Luigi fills his photographic canvas with infinite colors which combine as white, reflecting a complex understanding of the world of the blind. Taking this concept as his starting point, De Luigi began a four-year journey delving into the life of the visually impaired around the world. Like much art it can be hard to contemplate. It can also illuminate our understanding of what it is to be blind.
“Blanco” has been screened at Arles Photofestival (2010) as well as DC Photofestival (2010) and has received Honorary Mention Anthropographia Award for Human Rights, Professional Best Global Health Multimedia (2011) and Second Prize World Press Photo Multimedia Contest (2011).