Christian Aid is celebrating its 70th birthday with an online auction featuring donated prints from some of the world’s most talented photographers.
The images included in the online auction were captured whilst on assignment with the charity, in order to help “highlight poverty and injustice around the world”.
The prints include work by: Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullin, Tom Stoddart, Tim Hetherington, Mike Goldwater, Gideon Mendal, Stuart Franklin, Chris Steele-Perkins, Olivia Arthur and Anastasia Taylor-Lind.
The auction will open on 6th November and close on 20th November 2015, and will be carried out via the online auctioneers Paddle8.
Special online gallery
According to Christian Aid, all of the photographers listed above have selected seven of their favourite images from overseas assignments, which have been used to curate a special online gallery designed to raise awareness of the organisation’s work.
The images have been taken in 23 countries and can be viewed here: www.christianaidphotounit.zenfolio.com.
The images that have been chosen for auction are highlighted under the ‘Auction’ tab at the top of the page and bids can be placed via direct links from the relevant images on to the Paddle8 website.
Speaking about his assignments with Christian Aid, Sebastião Salgado said: “Christian Aid was the first institution to participate with me on my stories. And to me it is very important, that this institution, with its moral and ethical stance, has been a very nice partner all my life long.
“It was very important because it was a very nice experience, and it opened the door, enabling me to make an incredible series of pictures that will stay with me forever. I did a book, called Other Americas, and most of these pictures I did with Christian Aid.”
Social documentary photography – a ‘vital tool’
Senior photographic editor at Christian Aid, Joseph Cabon, has commented on the powerful role that photography plays in communicating important stories and raising awareness.
He said: “Over our 70 year history we have had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most prestigious photographers to highlight the challenges faced by poor communities around the world.
“The use of ‘social documentary’ photography is a vital tool in allowing us to convey powerful messages, while maintaining the dignity of those whose stories we are trying to tell.
“These great photographers are adept at determining not only that there may be a story to be told in a place and time but also that many more stories may be discovered, seen or imagined. They are skilled at turning chaotic, disordered scenes into photographs that convey loss, heartbreak, happiness and much more.”
He added: “By using a sharp sense of context, the inherent movement and the tensions within a scene, photographs are made that are loaded with significance. They are small tools for changing the world.”
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