Evgen Bavčar

22.01.2013 in22:40 in Creative,photoart -->


The name of this man is Evgen Bavcar (“E-oo-gen Ba-oo-char”), he is an art photographer and he is completely blind. Born in 1946 in a small Slovenian town near Venice, he lost both eyes before he was twelve in two consecutive accidents. Four years later, he lay his hands on a camera for the first time, to take a snapshot of the girl with whom he was in love: as he recalls, The pleasure I felt then resulted from my having robbed and fixed on a film something that did not belong to me, I secretly discovered I could possess something that I could not see. Bavcar studied History at the University of Ljubljana, and Philosophy at the Sorbonne. Having settled in Paris he embarked on an academic career, and intensified his photographic activities. In 1988 he was named Official Photographer of the City of Light’s Photography Month. Since then his work has been widely exhibited, particularly in Europe. Walter Aue, the acclaimed Berlin poet, considers that after Niepce, Fox Talbot and Daguerre, Bavcar is “the fourth inventor of photography”.

Bavcar’s work addresses the relations between vision, blindness and invisibility: My task is the reunion of the visible and the invisible worlds, photography allows me to pervert the established method of perception amongst those who see and those who don’t.