Vision in Focus: 40 Years of Restoring Sight, A Retrospective

Article Contributed by Public Good PR | Published on Sunday, September 9, 2018

The word photography means to “write with light.” The human eye, like a camera, needs light to create images, our lens to the world. Join us for a very special exhibit chronicling Seva Foundation’s 4th decade of restoring vision.

From eye-care facilities in the high mountains of Asia, to training programs for eye specialists in the desert Southwest of America, Seva has developed global initiatives that have restored vision to 4 million people and counting.

The Vision in Focus exhibit features photography throughout the decades of Seva’s work from: Rebecca Gaal, Joe Raffanti, Julie Nestingen, Ellen Crystal, and Jon Kaplan, Vision in Focus illuminates the lives of those directly affected by sight restoration and explores how vision provides opportunities to individuals, caregivers, and entire communities.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about the issue of blindness and its far-reaching implications. The World Bank rates cataract surgery as one of the most cost-effective health innovations for reducing poverty. Learn how with basic eye care, more than 230 million people can see again and join the conversation about how to help solve the issue of curable blindness.

WHAT:  Join the Seva Foundation for a look back on 40 years of restoring sight and preventing blindness all over the world. This retrospective gallery show features photography from Ellen Crystal, Rebecca Gaal, Jon Kaplan, Julie Nestingen and Joe Raffanti. Photography has long been one of the Seva Foundation’s main avenues for raising awareness of how access to vision care can improve lives on a global scale.

WHEN:  September 7th to September 30th, 2018

On September 7th, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, the public is invited to attend the exhibit’s First Friday opening. The event will include live music, cocktails, and food vendors. Visitors can meet the photographers featured in Vision in Focus on September 8th, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, during the exhibit’s Opening Reception.

WHERE: Warehouse 416, 416 26th St., Oakland, Calif.  94612 (

WHO:  Ellen Crystal, Rebecca Gaal, Jon Kaplan, Julie Nestingen, Joe Raffanti

COST: Free Event – Donations Welcome

WHY:  Founded in 1978, the Seva Foundation’s has been working to restore sight and eradicate preventable blindness around the globe. The Berkeley-based organization supports eye care initiatives in more than 20 countries. Access to vision care changes lives and communities; according to the World Bank, cataract surgery is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce poverty. Learn how you can help transform lives by restoring sight at