和 [Wa] Photography Auction to Benefit Japan Quake Communities

Kathryn Obermaier
Kathryn Obermaier
Tokusegawa, Kiriyama-Beya, Tokyo, Japan 2009

On Thursday April 21, from 6-9pm at 25CPW Gallery in New York City, a group of international photographers will host a photographic exhibition and silent auction to benefit Architecture for Humanity’s efforts rebuild Japanese communities damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The silent auction showcases work by 60 photographers and 100% of the funds raised will be donated to Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit design service firm who’s mission is to build sustainable futures through meaningful projects that make a difference in local communities and are currently collaborating to rebuild affected areas in Japan.

Partnering with Nuru Projects, 25CPW and Sombra Projects, with contributions from Magnum Foundation, The International Center of Photography, and Friends Without a Border, this event has gathered support from photographic communities in New York and beyond.

Chiho Bangert

Habitat, 2006

The donated auction prints follow the theme of 和 [Wa].  This ancient name for Japan dating back to the 8th century and describes the ‘spirit’ which underpins much of Japanese society.  It has no direct translation in English, though close concepts of reference are of peace, unity and harmony.  For more information on participating artists, and to purchase tickets, please visit Wa Photography Auction.

Tom White

Favela Kids on Ipanema Beach, Rio, Brazil 2005

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