sexta-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2010

Notícia do New York Times sobre um fotógrafo cego

When the coming revival of William Gibson’s “Miracle Worker,” starring Alison Pill as Annie Sullivan and Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller, opens in March, a blind photographer will have helped bring it to Broadway.

John Dugdale, whose blindness came as the result of an AIDS-related stroke in 1993, works with an assistant, Dan Levin, who helps him shoot using an antique large-format camera.

“All I have to do is speak out loud with the slightest direction, and he makes the photographs with me in a way that I feel like I’m making them myself,” Mr. Dugdale said of Mr. Levin.

In this exclusive video, produced by Art Meets Commerce, a theatrical interactive agency, Mr. Dugdale talks about the challenges of being a blind photographer, and offers a look at his photo shoot with Ms. Pill and Ms. Breslin. (More information about Mr. Dugdale and his work is at his Web site.)

The hiring of Mr. Dugdale comes as protests have trailed the show. Last October, the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, an advocacy group for blind and deaf actors, among others, opposed a decision by the producers to not audition actresses for the role of Helen who shared her disabilities. (Readers’ comments on the controversy are here.)

In December, the producers announced that Kyra Ynez Siegel, a vision-impaired 10-year-old, would be Ms. Breslin’s understudy.

“The Miracle Worker” begins previews at Circle in the Square on Feb. 12 and opens on March 3.

Fonte: The New York Times

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