Fundraiser Puts The Best of Modern Photography Up for Bid Online
A person would have to do a lot of gallery hopping to view and purchase a William Wegman photograph of his famous Weimaraners, one of Ron Galella’s many paparazzo shots of Jackie O, a slice of rock and roll history showing Janis Joplin in a 1968 recording session or the indelible 9/11 image of the plane headed for Tower 2, the 2001 “Photo of the Year.” These and nearly 50 other signed prints are up for auction and open for bidding, starting today at http://auctions.readysetauction.com/josephineherrickproj/. The auction, “Modern Masters of Photography,” is a fundraiser with 100 per cent of the winning bid going to the Josephine Herrick Project, a New York City nonprofit that uses photography in therapeutic programs for autistic children, veterans, at-risk youth and developmentally challenged children and adults.
The online auction precedes a live auction on November 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 at Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th in New York City. Online bids are due by 3pm, November 3, with the highest online bid setting the opening for the live component, to be conducted by Christie’s auctioneer Rachel Orkin-Ramey. Tickets for the live auction and cocktail reception are $150 and can be purchased at http://jhproject.org/benefit/.
The donated images illustrate the range of modern photography, from still lifes, photojournalism, travel imagery, fashion and portraiture. Visitors to the online auction site will see behind the scenes of the Clinton White House as captured by former White House photographer Barbara Kinney, Douglas Kirkland’s gleeful portrait of a beaming Audrey Hepburn, historic images of the first Obama inauguration by Dana Bowden, images from the Man Ray archives as well as Robert Farber’s whimsical fashion imagery.
The Josephine Herrick Project, until earlier this year known as Rehabilitation Through Photography, has long had the devotion and support of the photographic community. At its first auction fundraiser n the early 1970s, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen and Irving Penn were among the pros that donated work to help raise funds for the organization.
Started in 1941 by photographer Josephine Herrick to teach photography to returning World War II servicemen to help heal the emotional wounds of war, it eventually expanded to serve autistic children, new immigrants, developmentally disabled, recovering addicts and others. Today, The Josephine Herrick Project creates programs for a variety of social service agencies and hospitals across New York City, providing equipment, curriculum and volunteer photography teachers.
About The Josephine Herrick Project
The Josephine Herrick Project is a New York City-based nonprofit, founded in 1941, that enlists photographic community volunteers and the industry to provide equipment and photography skills to underserved populations. JHProject’s free programs inspire children, teens, veterans, adults and seniors with the visual language of photography, which enables them to engage with others and in their communities through their artistic vision.