Arthur Plumpton , Nov 21, 2011; 07:58 a.m.
Interesting and possibly very valuable proposal. I have had the privilege to see on a few occasions the art work of mentally challenged persons, most recently this past October in a wing of a gallery otherwise featuring turn of the century (19th/20th) art and which attracts a wide sector of society. The act of transferring thoughts to image via a paintbrush is perhaps more therapeutic than that which might come from mentally conceiving and making a photograph. Probably the therapy needs a bit of time in the doing and the photograph is perhaps too instantaneous for that (although good photography does normally require a lot of accompanying thought about the subject matter or conditions). But it could be useful, particularly in one of the two following modes: (a) by requesting the photographer to do a series of photos on one theme or subject, of his choosing (or in reflection on some existing art work); or (b) by having the photographer take several of his images, with perhaps other cut-out illustrative material, and make a collage of these elements.