PROOF Annual Benefit & Auction

On Monday, April 28th, PROOF will be holding their Annual Benefit & Auction at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in NYC. The event will feature live music, refreshments, and great work. Tickets are $50 in advance, and $60 at the door.

Incredible fine art photographs by notable photographers including Allen Ginsberg, Susan Meiselas, Mark Seliger, Steve McCurry, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, and many others are available for auction. Online bidding has opened this week and will close at noon on April 28th, at which point all bids will transfer to the live auction event at Sundaram Tagore Gallery at 6:00pm. View the online catalog to see a complete selection of images and place your bids.

PROOF Media for Social Justice is an organization committed to worldwide peacebuilding. “Bringing together photographers, documentarians, academics, and activists, PROOF creates exhibitions, publications, and on-site activities in nations with some of the world’s most troubled histories. PROOF’s exhibitions tell untold stories of acts of moral courage as well as document injustice and human rights abuses.”

“This event will benefit PROOF’s innovative multi-media approach to visual storytelling, education and training programs that encourage public discourse on human rights abuses worldwide.”

Don’t miss this opportunity! Get involved; place your bids and purchase your tickets to the event here.

Maidan Heroes: Limited Edition Print Sale!

Photographer, Amanda Rivkin of the VII Mentor Program, has recently launched a sale of limited edition prints to help fund her ongoing projects. From the series, “Maidan Heroes,” the image below depicts Refat, a 19 year-old Ukranian soldier who was shot by a sniper in Kiev while trying to maintain a line of soldiers on February 20, 2014.

Refat recalls the day of his injury, “We had orders to stand in the line. In the morning, it was quite calm and silent and then the protesters started to attack and they threw a grenade and I walked away from there and then I felt a sniper’s bullet in my knee. It was the morning of February 20 and we were unarmed. I was standing with just a shield.” 

Rivkin’s series “Maidan Hereoes” honors “the survivors of snipers who shot at demonstrators in Maidan Square in central Kiev from February 18-20…The work is a meditation on the meaning of state power and an effort to listen to voices that were very close to being silenced.”

Help to support this project by purchasing a digital C-print of the above image. There are 3 different sizes, each available in editions of 20. For more information on how to purchase a print, visit Amanda Rivkin’s website. View more compelling images from the “Maidan Heroes” series here.

Where the Streets Have No Children: a Photoessay by Santiago Arcos

Featured on the NY Times Lens Blog, an intriguing photoessay by Santiago Arcos tells the story of La Cienega, a village in Ecuador that has no children. After finding this elusive town Arcos heard about on a radio broadcast, he made regular visits to photograph the desolate La Cienega where only 11 residents remain. “There are many more people buried in the cemetery, whose rugged crosses are made from the same sturdy wood as the 300 abandoned homes that dot the hilly village,” describes the NY Times.

Arcos provides an intimate view of this town that is fighting to maintain its dwindling existence. Arcos is quoted, “They know when they die, this universe is over.” Read more on this fascinating story on the NY Times Lens Blog and see more stunning images from this series on Arcos’s website.

VII Celebrates Smiles

Featured today on CBS News, a slideshow highlights images from VII Photo Agency’s latest exhibition, “SMILE! A Photo Anthology by VII”. The award-winning collective has an exhibition on display at Arts Brookfield in NY consisting of 85 photographs from 30 different countries.

CBS writes, “A smile is a basic and universal form of human communication. But, in the serious world of photojournalism, images of smiles are rare.” This exhibition creates an accessible approach that invites all viewers in to experience a different side of photojournalism. To further that, Arts Brookfield encourages everyone to get involved by posting your smile photos to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShareMySmile.

“SMILE!” will be on view at Arts Brookfield in New York from April 4 to May 1, 2014. Be sure to check out the show and submit your smile to become part of the exhibition.

“War & Memory”

Presented by the Homecoming Project, “War & Memory” is a group exhibition featuring the work of photographers Erin Trieb, Ed Kashi (VII), Ashley Gilbertson (VII), and Michael Kamber among others. This show uses the power of storytelling and visual arts to draw attention to our military communities affected by the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“War & Memory” will be on display at Fovea in Beacon, NY from April 12, 2014 – July 6, 2014 with the opening reception on April 12 from 5-9pm. The opening event will feature an artist talk by photographer and founder of the Homecoming Project, Erin Trieb. On June 28th at 6pm there will also be a panel discussion on life after war, with Erin Trieb and photographers, veterans, and mental health professionals working with military families.

Fiscally sponsored by Talking Eyes Media (TEM), The Homecoming Project, aims “to illuminate key issues affecting military communities related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to create a community of support at a grassroots, media and policy level, connecting resources of aid to individuals seeking assistance. We turn awareness into action.”

Be sure to come out for the exhibition, opening reception, and panel discussion. Click here to learn more about this moving and important project.