Artists with abilities

Break Barriers–Open Doors stamps

Close your eyes. Now, get up and walk outside. It's disorienting and frightening to be without sight. Despite the challenges of losing his vision when he was an adult, that's when Sacramento's Pete Eckert became a photographer. He's shown his painting-by-light photos internationally, and now his work is getting even more overseas exposure, thanks to the United Nations Postal Administration, which has chosen Eckert's “Electro Man” to be on one of six stamps in its Break Barriers–Open Doors series. Each stamp in the collection is made by “artists with disabilities”—including a self-portrait of the remarkable painter (and paraplegic) Chuck Close—but after seeing them all, it seems more accurate to call their creators “artists with abilities.”