Bruce Hall and Corinne Marrinan
A Conversation About the Film Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers
Bruce Hall and Corinne Marrinan
A Conversation About the Film Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 6:30-8:00pm

Bruce Hall has been a scuba diver and underwater photographer since 1983. As an elementary school teacher in Costa Mesa, California, Bruce often used his photography to share his knowledge of local ocean life in the classroom to engage his students. Macro, or close-up, photography enables Bruce, who is legally blind, to identify specific features of plant and animal life living along the southern California coastline as well as to study and to enjoy the undersea world after he has left it. Bruce continues to explore, using photography and technology to observe, perceive, then capture his impressions.

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Hall's work has been published in textbooks, magazines including National Geographic , as well as shown in juried art exhibitions around the United States. In the summer of 2006, Bruce won a "highly honored" award in the Nature's Best Photography Magazine Windland Rice Smith International Awards Competition. The winning photograph "Giant Kelp" was on display at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C. from October 2006 until October 2007.

Bruce lives in Irvine, CA with his wife and three children. He left teaching in 2003, and devotes his time to advocating for autism awareness, and issues related to the blind. He continues to study photography, working with a close group of creative and provocative souls to pursue future projects. Current projects include work with the Blind Photographers Guild, Sacramento, CA, continued study of the underwater landscape of southern California, and a long-term (lifelong) project dealing with his twin sons' profound autism.

 

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Corinne Marrinan won an Academy Award in 2006 for the film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin , and was nominated for an Oscar and an Emmy in 2001 for the documentary short On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom . Most recently, Corinne produced the short documentary Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers  for HBO. She is currently a Staff Writer for the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation  for which she has worked for the past nine seasons. She has authored two companion guides to the popular series published by Simon and Schuster and Dorling Kindserley.

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Before making the move to film and television, Corinne was a professional Stage Manager working at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Huntington Theatre in Boston among many others. Corinne also co-founded and produced for the critically acclaimed Remy Bumppo Theatre Company in Chicago. She received a BFA in Theatre and Art History from Boston University in 1995.

 

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