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Conventional wisdom assumes that photography is a visual medium—but there’s more to it than just getting good lighting at the right angle. Using cameras and blindfolds, Photography In The Dark brings a new experience to an old medium, allowing participants to capture their most authentic moments as they lean into bodily awareness, spatial sensitivity, and heightened emotions. The program also incorporates discussions about authentic behavior, mindful presence, and why photographers chose their shots.
• Collaborator Spotlight


Tom Fitzsimmons
Boston-based freelance photographer Tom Fitzsimmons primarily shoots for Harvard University and the JFK Library and Museum, as well as visits by dignitaries and heads of state under U.S. Secret Service protection. In election years, he also photographs both federal and Massachusetts campaigns. When not in Boston, Tom seeks to give back and enjoys volunteering his talent. View Tom’s work on his website at

Ahsen Utku
Ahsen Utku is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in Comparative Politics and Public Policy. She has a strong background and interest in conflict resolution, forced displacement, identity building and ethno-religious conflicts, democratization, and policymaking concerning humanitarian crises. Besides her studies, Ahsen is a passionate photographer and is particularly interested in telling stories through documentary photography. Ahsen served as the Director of External Relations at Empowerment Through Integration (ETI) from 2015–2017.
The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera
-Yousuf Karsh
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