Evgen Bavcar, blind photographer
Portrait of Evgen Bavcar, a photographer who lost his sight at 12. His black and white pictures talk about the passing of time, or its suspension.
Evgen Bavcar was born in 1946 in Slovenia. He lost his sight accidentally just before he was 12 years old. He first studied at the Institute for the Young Blind in Ljubljana. Later he moved to Paris where he studied philosophy and aesthetics, writing a doctoral thesis on Art and society in contemporary French aesthetics.
From 1976, he joined the Institute of Contemporary Art Aesthetics where he led works on the status of the image. He took French nationality in 1981.
The paradox becomes clear, as he said, "one must distinguish between the visual, that which our eyes see and the visible, that which our mind sees." It was at the age of 16 years old that he used a camera for the first time to take a picture of the girl he loved. Thus he discovered how to capture reality. Since then he continuously pursued his photographic work, with the help of an automatically focusing camera. Descriptions of his shots , by his friends, allowed him to evaluate his results. This activity gave way to numerous exhibitions and publications throughout Europe, as well as the United States, Brazil and Mexico.