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  • <a href="http://gaiasquarci.visura.co/"target="external">Gaia Squarci</a>, an Italian-born photographer, spent two years documenting the blind in the United States. Shot primarily in New York and Arkansas, Squarci’s project, <a href="http://gaiasquarci.visura.co/broken-screen"target="external">"Broken Screen,"</a> conveys the experience of being visually impaired with powerful sensory immediacy. A student is photographed during a class at the World Services for the Blind (WSB), in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jan. 5, 2013.
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  • Alexandra Hobbes with her daughter, Destiny, in New York, March 27, 2013. Alexandra went blind at the age of four and she grew up in a foster home. Her husband, Elijah Hobbes, is visually impaired because of albinism. Their daughter Destiny is sighted, but she was born four months premature, fighting for her life before her health stabilized.
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  • Steve Cannon, a blind poet and publisher, in New York, April 16, 2014.
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  • Collin Watt, who is visually impaired, looks from a very short distance at a photo shot by Tim Hetherington, at a retrospective for the photographer at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York, April 16, 2012. Before his death in April 2011, Hetherington had been working on a project with the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone.
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  • Dale Layne's apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 8, 2012. A pot of flowers can be knocked over easily, so in some houses they are kept under transparent plastic bags.
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  • A television in the apartment of Dale Layne, in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 8, 2012.
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  • Michael Faillace, a blind lawyer, swims daily in Asphalt Green, a pool on the Upper East Side of New York, Oct. 19, 2012. He says the contact with the water helps reduce the stress of his job.
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  • Students enrolled in the Older Blind Program at the World Services for the Blind learn how to use an iPad in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jan. 5, 2013.
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  • Steve Cannon smokes in his office at The Gathering of the Tribes, an art gallery and poetry space which he founded in 1991 in New York, April 16, 2014. It quickly became a landmark of New York's East Village.
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  • Collin Watt climbs a rope in his backyard in New York, July 10, 2012. He is a karate teacher for the visually impaired and used to be a waiter at the restaurant Dans le Noir, in midtown Manhattan.
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  • A "Verbal Description and Touch Tour" at the Whitney Biennial 2012, where the blind and visually impaired can experience art pieces without seeing them, in New York, April 27, 2012. The tours are organized every two months and have to be booked.
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  • The kitchen of the restaurant Dans le Noir, where blind waiters serve customers in a pitch black dining room, in New York, March 11, 2012. The restaurant's goal is to let people experience the sensation of eating without seeing the food or anything else around them. Dans Le Noir has since closed, but locations are open in other cities worldwide.
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  • At a birthday party, two visually impaired people who had not met before dance for the first time, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 9, 2014.
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  • Robert Brown, Dale Layne and Cynda Bellamy at a movie theater playing "Cloud Atlas," in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jan. 5, 2013. Brown recently became visually impaired; Layne, on the phone, is blind; and Bellamy, sighted, is a recreational specialist at World Services for the Blind. Although some movie theaters are equipped with bluetooth devices providing a description of the scenes for the blind, most of them are not. Action movies can be especially frustrating for the blind to follow because many scenes have no dialogue.
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  • Danielle Corley plays in her room in East New York, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2012. Danielle is a sighted child growing up with blind parents. Dominique, her mother, was blinded at the age of 26 in a car crash. "Danielle is still too young to understand blindness fully, but she knows that mom and dad can't see," said Dominique. "Sometimes she waves her hand in front of my face to play. I know that because I can feel the air moving."
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