This photo essay is about Zhang Dehong, a blind man who lives in Liaoning Province of China.
In 2007, China had 9 million people who were officially registered as blind. Only three of these people have a guide-dog-for-the-blind (seeing-eye dog) and Zhang Dehong is one of them.
It is very expensive to train one of these dogs so things are changing slowly in China. Also, the law does not yet support blind people who want to take their dogs with them on public transport, into restaurants and so on. This essay shows how these restrictions affect one man and his dog.
There is a narrative running through the essay so please click the first image to launch the slideshow, then follow along by reading the captions underneath. Also, in the top right corner of the first image, there is a small icon which allows you to view the images full screen, plus you can mouse-over any image and the thumbnails will pop up.
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For more information on Zhang Dehong click here.