Haves and Have-nots

10 Nov ‘14

9.00AM - 5.00PM

Venue: Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling campus

This exhibition features a selection of prints by The Guardian newspaper photographer Graeme Robertson which were gathered for an exhibition in London to support the Sightsavers’ campaign, Put us in the Picture, which calls for the inclusion of people with disabilities in development.  Graeme first travelled with the International charity to Iganga, Eastern Uganda in March 2014 to investigate the barriers to education for children who are blind or visually impaired.

“When I visited the school I met a young boy who was blind and his skin looked burnt. The story I was told shocked me. A family member had tried to poison him because he as blind and the family thought he was worthless. It angered me. I thought ‘what can I do’? I photographed him and my project started”.

Graeme’s photographs illustrate the experiences of people with disabilities living in developing countries. The haves and the have-nots of the developing world and the game of chance that dictates what opportunities you have: access to education, healthcare and employment. The personal case studies show both sides of this story. The impact on those facing exclusion and what is possible when barriers are removed.

His second trip with Sightsavers was to Bikaner in Rajsthan, India in September 2014 to visit social inclusion projects which are empowering people with disabilities to advocate for their rights and gain economic independence. Many of the people he met had received financial support and were able to earn a livelihood and support their families, but others were still isolated and unable to live independent lives.

Graeme’s employers, The Guardian, have supported this project and continue to publish photographs from the series. One has been nominated for a Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London in November 2014.

“The moment The Guardian used my images from the Uganda trip in Eyewitness and online I spoke to Sightsavers about continuing to support their Put Us in the Picture campaign.  I hope my photos can help to inspire, engage and motivate people to put pressure on the UK government and international community to do more to include people with disabilities in development.”

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently. To find out more about their work and how you can support the Put Us in the Picture campaign visit: http://www.sightsavers.org.uk/our_campaign

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