Fred Chartrand’s image of an autistic boy helped to raise awareness of a disorder that was little-known back in the early 1970s.
While sitting with the boy and his family, Fred realized that this very normal-looking boy was different in some ways, but none of the images he had captured reflected that.
On leaving the house, Fred was frustrated with himself, but happened to glance back and saw the boy sitting on the window ledge – this was the image that he took and which was used. As well as spreading awareness about autism, this also taught Fred a valuable lesson; “It made me aware to never stop looking,” he says.
PhotoSensitive is a non-profit collective of photographers committed to using black-and-white photography to address social issues. PhotoSensitive’s new exhibition, Picture Change, is a Toronto-based show dedicated to highlighting the ways that photography makes a difference in the world by provoking action, reflection, or even a change in a policy or law.