Exhibition to Benefit Photographers Injured in Libya

A exhibition opening this week to showcase unpublished reportage of uprisings in the Arab world has been turned into a fundraiser for injured photographers Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown, and a celebration for Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, who died last week in Libya.

Revolucion(es), a showcase of images shot in the last three months by independent photographers working in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya,  will open at 7 p.m. April 28 (Thursday) at Instituto Cervantes in New York.

“As photo editors we saw an enormous amount of work that was not being picked up or published. Instituto Cervantes gave us an opportunity to curate an exhibition and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to present some of the best work we had seen,” says Julien Jourdes, who is curating the show with his Wall Street Journal colleague Matthew Craig.

“The scope and ethos of this show has shifted after the events of April 20th,” says Jourdes, referring to the deaths of Hetherington and Hondros and the injuries of Martin and Brown in a mortar attack in Libya on April 20. “It seemed only appropriate that we invite the New York photo and journalism communities to celebrate the lives of Chris and Tim while also generating as much donated funds as possible.”

Jourdes and Craig have arranged with all the photographers represented in the exhibition to offer prints to attendees in exchange for donations to assist Martin and Brown with their expenses. Limited edition show posters will also be available for donations. (Jourdes explains that the prints are not being sold because the Instituto Cervantes, which is a Spanish cultural exchange organization, cannot offer merchandise for sale.)

Photographers whose work is represented in the show include Samuel Aranda, Bryan Denton, Matthias Depardon, Gabriele Micalizzi, Gabriele Stabile, Nicole Tung, Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, Luca Santese, Andy Rocchelli, Katie Orlinsky–and Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown, both of whom agreed to provide prints for the exhibition before they were injured.

Instituto Cervantes is located at 211 East 49th Street in Manhattan, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Those who cannot attend the exhibition but who would like to help Martin and Brown will be able to make donations through a PayPal site to be announced.

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