About the Book:
In the late eighteenth century a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean. One of the sole survivors, the king, carried the rare achromatopsia gene that causes complete color blindness. The king went on to have many children and as time passed by, the hereditary condition affected the isolated community and most islanders started seeing the world in black and white.
Achromatopsia is characterized by extreme light sensitivity, poor vision, and the complete inability to distinguish colors. Portraying the achromats that by their fellow Micronesians are described as ‘blind’ resulted in a conceptual selection of images that mask their eyes, their face, or their ‘vision’ and at the same time invites the viewer to enter a dreamlike world painted by colorless and colorful possibilities. Color is just a word to those who cannot see it. What if the colorblind people paint with their mind, how would they color the world, the trees, themselves.
About the Photographer:
Sanne De Wilde (Belgium, 1987) in her photography explores the role genetics play in people's lives and how this shapes and affects communities. She graduated with a Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent (BE) with great honors in 2012. Her photo series 'The Dwarf Empire' was rewarded with the Photo Academy Award 2012 as well as the International Photography Award Emergentes DST in 2013. Her series ‘Snow White’ was awarded 16ème Prix National Photographie Ouverte and NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence. She was awarded the Nikon Press Award in 2014 and 2016 for most promising young photographer. The British Journal of Photography selected De Wilde as one of 'the best emerging talents from around the world' in 2014. She has been internationally published (Guardian, New Yorker, Le Monde, CNN, Vogue) and exhibited (Voies OFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Circulations, Lagos Photo, Lodz Fotofestiwal, IDFA, STAM and EYE).
Name: The Island of the Colorblind
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
Photographer: Sanne De Wilde
Price: AED 250
Dimensions: 28 x 22,5 x 1,5 cm
Cover: Softcover with flaps and UV-sensitive varnish