A Charity Auction at Christie’s – Afghanistan

Christie’s will hold on October 16 a charity auction entitled Photographic Education in Afghanistan. Proceeds from the auction will help to fully equip the photography department at the University of Kabul in Afghanistan. Tickets: $125/person. Benefactor tickets: $250/person.

The following artists have donated photographs for the auction: Josef Astor; Tracy Baran; Tina Barney; Jennifer Bolande; Marco Breuer; Ellen Brooks; Nancy Burson; Ellen Carey; Elinor Carucci; Larry Clark; Jessica Craig-Martin; Tim Davis; Mark Alice Durant; Rineke Dijkstra; Barbara Ess; Roe Ethridge; Saul Fletcher; Robert Flynt; Stephen Frailey; Allen Frame; Adam Fuss; Jenny Gage; Sally Gall; Peter Garfield; Edward Grazda; Jan Groover; Dana Hoey; Bill Jacobson; Simen Johan; Masood Kamandy; Justine Kurland; Annie Leibovitz; David Levinthal; Judy Linn; Marcia Lippman; Joseph Maida; Tim Maul; Marilyn Minter; Andrew Moore; Lorie Novak; Jack Pierson; Orit Raff; Collier Schorr; Victor Schrager; Edithe Schreiber; Aujame Stephen Shore; Laurie Simmons; Taryn Simon; Amy Steiner; Joel Sternfeld; Billy Sullivan; Larry Sultan; Penelope Umbrico; Oliver Wasow; Eric Weeks; James Welling.

About This Project – In October 2002, an Afghan-American student in the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Department in New York visited Kabul and found a fledgling photography department at the University of Kabul in desperate need of revitalization following the Taliban’s eight-year-rule, which, among others, banned photography.

The project, conceived by Stephen Frailey, who is also chairing the event at Christie’s, is the vehicle for American photographers to provide the University’s students with guidance and education to encourage the pursuit of photography in a nascent culture of conflict. As Afghan society seeks to rebuild its infrastructure and assert its complex identity on its own terms, it is important to let the medium of photography articulate this cultural identity to benefit an emerging generation of Afghans to form an individual voice.

The necessity of this project was reinforced during a meeting in Kabul in 2003 with the Chancellor of the University and the Minister of Education. Their gratitude and enthusiasm encouraged what started as an abstract idea to become a reality. It is an honor to be able to take this project to fruition after experiencing first-hand the mixture of hope and desperation that infuses daily life in Kabul and the fear of further isolation.

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