Silent Auction To Benefit My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative
Photographer Emily Schiffer has organized a silent auction
fundraiser, Open Sky To Skyscrapers, on Thursday, July 22 from 6-9 p.m. at VII Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, to support her My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative. Schiffer has been teaching students in the program for five years.
In 2005 Schiffer, the winner of the first Arnold Newman Prize for "New Directions in Photographic Portraiture" in PDN's 2010 Photo Annual, partnered with the Sioux YMCA in South Dakota to found a photography program for youth aged 6 to 18 on the Cheyenne River Reservation. In addition to learning how to interpret life through a camera, Schiffer’s students developed and printed their images in the darkroom (see “Teaching and Learning,” PDN May 2010) and created a photo community where photography is collaborative, and where knowledgeable students can teach alongside their instructors.
In the next phase of this program, students and instructors are designing a group exhibition of their work. Five teenage photographers and three adults have traveled from South Dakota to New York to explore the ways in which the My Viewpoint youth want to exhibit their work and to begin the curation process. “In New York they’ll meet with curators and artists and then we can talk about what our pictures are like and how to install the photos in a way that helps the viewer connect with the subjects,” Schiffer told PDN in May.
An online preview of the work to be auctioned off begins on July 15th at www.myviewpoint.org and includes images by Schiffer as well as Ben Lowy, Brenda Ann Kenneally, Carlys High Bear, Suné Woods, Wyatt Gallery, Marvi Lacar and many others.