Yann Arthus-Bertrand wanted to share his photographic vision with blind people;
Alain Mikli made it happen.

In a pioneering project Yann Arthus-Bertrand's unique aerial view of the world can now be seen by blind and partially sighted visitors.

By collaborating with optical designer Alain Mikli he has created a remarkable series of tactile pictures. Mazzuchelli, the world's leading cellulose acetate manufacturers produced the all-natural plastic made mostly from cotton, allowing Mikli to make images which enable the drama of the aerial photography to be interpreted by touch.

The exhibition uses black and white cellulose acetate and precision etching techniques to present blind people with a very high level of detail.

Located around the perimeter of the exhibition's World Map, the series of images are presented with large print and Braille narrative panels. The tactile panels are presented alongside smaller versions of the original photographs, so it is a great opportunity to bring your friends and join in the debate that Yann's pictures have inspired.

The sheer size of the photographs in the main exhibition makes them accessible to partially sighted people.

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This new display is open from 23 July 2003
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