Raising funds for the 3 children of Anton Hammerl, photojournalist killed in Libya last year. An auction of contemporary prints will take at Christie’s in New York on May 15, 2012.
Signed prints will available by some of the world’s leading photographers – including Sebastiao Salgado, Alec Soth, Christopher Anderson, Ed Kashi, Yuri Kozyrev, Larry Fink, Lynsey Addario, Susan Meiselas, Ron Haviv, David Burnett, Joao Silva, Bruce Davidson, Greg Marinovich, Samuel Aranda, Roger Ballen and Vincent Laforet – will be auctioned off by Christie’s Senior Vice President Lydia Fenet.
To find out more about the auction visit the Friends of Anton website here.
Anton, 41, was a former picture editor and chief photographer for The Saturday Star in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was mentored by the late Ken Oosterbroek, member of the acclaimed South African ‘Bang Bang Club’, and worked for the Associated Press, the Sunday Independent, Reuters and the Star Newspaper.
He moved to London in 2006 where he became a freelance photographer, shooting both news and corporate work. He had gone to cover the fighting in Libya in late March as a freelancer.
Anton is survived by his three children – 11 year-old Aurora, 8 year-old Neo, and 1 year-old baby Hiro – and his wife Penny Sukhraj.
The Libyan regime repeatedly told Anton’s family that he was alive and well. The truth is Anton died on day one. It is now clear that the Gaddafi regime knew about Anton’s fate all along and chose to cover it up.
For only £50, you have the opportunity to own a limited edition print, donated by one of 150 photographers. Photographers include Martin Parr, Brian Griffin, Simon Roberts, Zed Nelson and Thomas Kellner.
In an exciting twist, this one-night-only event will be in a raffle-style format, with each numbered ticket corresponding to a print.
Tickets can be purchased on the night at Diemar Noble or online at Rhubarb Rhubarb for those who cannot attend the event.
Proceeds from this event will support future Rhubarb productions, specifically including a 10-year retrospective of Rhubarb & its contribution to the sector.
Rhubarb-Rhubarb is a West Midlands based photography training and development agency, which works to introduce photographers at different stages of their careers to those who can provide opportunities for future commissions, exhibitions & publication. This is done through a series of regional, national & international initiatives. Rhubarb-Rhubarb curates exhibitions & provides networks for selling, publishing and offering support to buyers & commissioners. Rhubarb-Rhubarb works to build the confidence of photographers facing the rapidly changing industry & marketplaces, virtual & in real time, by supporting mentoring courses, events, portfolio sessions & the UK’s International Photographic Review. Through these outlets Rhubarb-Rhubarb aims to nurture talent, inspire growth and make life and environment a more creative & pleasurable place to be.
We hope you will be able to join us in supporting Rhubarb-Rhubarb’s continued dedication to photographers & the photographic industry.