By Thea Bichard,
Using a camera given to him by Mary Ellen Mark, Gerardo Nigenda forged a career shooting sensory, sensual black and white images.
Hands outstretched, connecting himself to his subject, late photographer Gerardo Nigenda would bring his camera into focus, his fingers often making their way into the camera’s line of sight to appear in shot.
Born in Mexico City in 1967, Nigenda lost his sight at the age of 25, becoming a caretaker in his local library managing their braille books. Then going on to teach maths, computer science and braille at Desarrollo Integral de la Familia in Oaxaca where he spent most of his life, it wasn’t until he was 32 that he began his foray into photography. Using a Yashika pocket camera gifted to him by famed documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark, he began capturing his sensory, sensual images.His greyscale photographs overlaid with braille now sit alongside a carefully curated selection of work by fellow image-makers, entitled The Blind Photographer; his shots standing out for their arresting view of the female form. A poetic introduction to the work featured in the book describes “A subtle and sensuous poem in which the erotics of touch and presence, of anticipation and arousal, of sensual tactility, are discovered in a photography of touching tenderness.”