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Photographing our war-blinded veterans

Published on 11 Nov 2022

Remembrance is a special time of year for our veterans, as we join together in our communities, and remember those who served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. 

This year we've teamed up with award-winning photographer Richard Cannon to capture the portraits of nine blind veterans who lost their sight in the line of duty. 

Richard's work has appeared in The National Portrait Gallery amongst other exhibitions around the world. He shoots for a variety of magazine and commercial clients and intersperses these with personal projects where he produces a series of portraits with a common theme.

He said: "When photographing blind veterans who lost their sight in conflict, I discovered men who have such courage and dignity and it was an inspiration to hear fist-hand accounts of the day they lost their sight. True heroes. And not a thought of remorse. Luckily they have Blind Veterans UK whose valuable work helps them navigate their new lives."

Blinded in combat: a photography exhibition

Alongside each portrait you can read the amazing story behind the veteran and find out how they lost their sight, the challenges they faced, their incredible achievements and their ongoing journey of rehabilitation.

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Blind veteran Ken in his beret

Help our lifelong support live on

Show our blind veterans that they are not forgotten. Help us continue our vital work to rebuild lives after sight loss. 

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