Nos, Why Not? is the world’s first photography agency for people with intellectual disabilities. The aim is to boost social inclusion, visibility and empower – by teaching skills and creating the necessary conditions needed to thrive in the photography industry.
According to founder and photojournalist Felipe Alonso, the agency creates “a meeting place between photographers with disabilities and society, to collaborate together in creating a real value”. The agency has developed a photo bank of the images by the photographers, with which you can even filter searches to find photos by people with specific disabilities.
“Photography offers many benefits to people with disabilities,” explains Alonso. “They are photographers, they are protagonists. They gain quality of life, have empowerment, visibility and unity. The photography makes them have a visual education and culture, they are more proactive, they are motivated, they have projects, an interest in culture and other therapeutic benefits. Their lives improve.”
Alonso is always looking to expand his international network of photographers with and without disabilities (especially with intellectual disability) and to grow the image bank. His agency involves more than 100 people, including three blind people; the team has studied the methods of blind photographers, and has even devised a method to “feel” colours.
Check out this presentation of some of their work:
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Felipe Alonso, photojournalist
Spain (A Coruña)