Photos by Blind Photographers

(c) by the artist, courtesy of UCR/California Museum of Photography

Kurt Weston, Mask
A gay man who lost his sight to AIDS in 1996, Weston's work explores the stigma of disease and decay. His daily battle to stay alive is transformed into an unflinching look at his (and our) mortality: "These photographs are about the realization of loss," he says. "About losing your facade. They say, 'This is your new reality. This is your strange new flesh. Let's take a look."

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