Blind Instagram-artist Ahmad Zaghal takes his concert-themed photography from online to a gallery setting for the first time, exhibiting his photographs alongside select Art Enables artists’ music-themed work in DC Rocks.
Zaghal is a blind photographer that has been attending concerts in the DC area and elsewhere for roughly the
last fifteen years. In 2013, he started using the camera in his phone to document these shows and share them
online. What began as a joke with a friend evolved into a highly celebrated Instagram account, interviews with
BBC and the Washington Post, and an artist talk at the Philips Collection and now culminates in Zaghal’s first
gallery exhibit, happening at Art Enables in May and June. While at the concerts, Zaghal tries to capture the
musicians at the peaks of their performances and aims his camera towards where he thinks they may be based
on the music coming from the stage. The result are wild, energetic, unedited shots of artistic expression,
captured by sound and not sight.
Art Enables artists Jackie Coleman, Egbert “Clem” Evans, Payman Jazini, Gary Murrell, Max Poznerzon,
Imani Turner, and Eileen Schofield exhibit music-themed work alongside of Zaghal’s photographs.
Exhibition dates: May 12th - June 29th
Opening Reception: May 12th 4 - 6pm, free and open to the public
Photo credit: Ahmad Zaghal - Empath