Friday, 10 January 2014

Blind photographer"s "seeing" images

Juan Torre had a successful career as a newspaper photographer when at the age of 30 he began to suffer from Behcet’s syndrome – a rare and poorly-understood disease that has left him with 6% vision.

But despite his inability to make out more than vague shapes and colours, he refused to abandon his love of photography – and instead has learnt to adapt his technique.

Now he is working on an exhibition of Braille photographs of musicians, enabling blind people to ‘touch’ his subjects’ hands and faces.

BBC News went to Bilbao to meet him.

Video production: Carolina Valladares Perez

Real Time is a series for the BBC News website in which ordinary people tell their own extraordinary stories.

Blind photographer"s "seeing" images

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