BlindSight is a short documentary film that examines the photographic imagination of the members of The Seeing With Photography Collective While the members were sighted at one time, they are all now blind or visually impaired. Many came to photography after their loss of sight and photography has given them a new voice, a way to express what they feel, what they see inside their heads. The results are transformative, for the members and for the viewer. They are tangible proof of how creativity enhances life and gives power.
Bob Sacha is a director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer and, above all, a collaborator on visual journalism projects. In 2014 he shot the video for team project for the Guardian US that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. He teamed up with Blue Chalk as the the director of photography for the New York TImes series, Living City, about New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a documentary short about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot, produced with Kate Emerson, had its world premiere at DOCNYC, the countries largest documentary festival.
Bob has also directed, produced, shot and edited nonfiction video stories for Al Jazeera America Online, Yahoo News, AudubonScience, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundation, among other international clients. For several years he worked as a staff producer and editor at MediaStorm, where his projects were nominated for three national news Emmys and won numerous awards including an Alfred I. duPont- Columbia Award.
Bob who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Syracuse University, is now a Tow Professor for Visual Journalism at the new City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches the wildly popular Video Storytelling for the Web and videoLab classes. He also mentors students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on their interactive, hybrid and documentary film master’s projects. He’s lectured and taught workshops and classes at SVA, the International Center of Photography and for National Geographic Expeditions.
Eight years ago, he leapfrogged into multimedia and film after winning a Knight Fellowship to Ohio University, where he studied web storytelling and documentary film and earned a master’s in visual communication.
In his past lives, Bob was a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a contributing photographer at both Life and National Geographic Magazine and a freelancer for more magazines than remain on newsstands. A few of his many, many clips, and prints for sale, can be seen at bobsacha.com
Kate Emerson is an editor, camera woman and retoucher. She has edited nonfiction web videos for AudubonScience, Generation Ready, Middlebury College and TIME magazine. Kate graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA and departmental honors in photography. Her work can be viewed at kaitlynemerson.com