“Impaired Perceptions” is a black and white portraiture series of people with physical impairments. The photographer, Brian Steel was born with short fiber syndrome, meaning he has small and weak skeletal muscles. However, as Steel states, “my biggest handicap is how others react to it.” In order to address these misconceptions and aiming to correct misunderstandings that people with physical impairments often confront, Steel has created photographs that show each subject’s humanity and encourage the viewer to see each person as an individual. Creating a counter narrative to works like Diane Arbus’s “freaks,” Steel’s work deals with the notion that we as humans are all different, and in that way we are all the same.
Ryan Nabulsi, Gallery Director at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery says, “Steel’s work is inviting and engaging, beautifully photographed in black and white. The viewer is able to see the impairment, but the personality of the individual overrides any notion of ‘disability’.”
Through August 6.
Jennifer Schwartz Gallery
1000 Marietta Street, Suite 112
Atlanta, GA 30318