Pete Eckert always speaks very deliberately. A lanky, imperturbable man of around 60 years old, modest, friendly, exuding calm, he works with the utmost concentration. Eckert's life and work has sparked much international attention. He has taken photographs for the jeweller Swarovski among other clients. He has also won numerous prizes and given lectures. An entire episode of the U.S. special agent series "NCIS" was based on his work, and one of his motifs was recently immortalised on a United Nations stamp. Professionally speaking, things could hardly be going better. He has long since been counted among the most prominent blind photographers in the world – alongside Evgen Bavcar, Bruce Hall and Sonia Soberats. And he has been married to his wife Amy for 31 years. Is Pete Eckert, then, a happy photographic artist?
"I have a very positive view of my life," he says. "And I am really very pleased that my art leaves such a strong impression in the world of the sighted. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the world of my photos possesses strange, weightless, slightly ethereal quality. For me, beauty in art is universal. One does not need eyes in order to see it."
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Text: Jochen Förster | Photos: David Daub | Art: Pete Eckert