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'Working with positive negatives': 100 photos for charity auction on ebay
18 January 2006

Mighty names from the worlds of art and documentary photography have donated 100 prints for a charity auction to be held on ebay.fr from 19-29 January 2006.

Among the contributors are Robert Doisneau, Sebastiao Salgado, Sarah Moon, Mary Ellen Mark, Marc Riboud and Martine Franck; some prints are signed and considered rare vintage photos are to be sold from €1 to €3000.

Funds raised through the auction will help PhotoVoice to establish a new project in 2006 working with children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and to continue its work with disadvantaged young people in Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

From orphanages in Cambodia to the streets of Kabul, PhotoVoice is the first international charity providing training in photography to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, with a particular focus on women and children. It was named ‘Best New Charity’ at the 2004 UK Charity Awards.

Its projects empower some of the most disadvantaged groups in the world with photographic skills so that they can transform their lives. Through establishing in-field photojournalism workshops its projects enable those who are traditionally the subjects of photography to become its creator. Through photography these individuals find confidence in their voices and are enabled to speak out about their challenges, concerns, hopes and fears.

For the last three years PhotoVoice has held an annual print auction in London, at Bloomberg L.P in 2003 and 2004 and in December 2005 at Reuters, Canary Wharf to raise money for its projects. Renowned photographer and long-term supporter of PhotoVoice, Sarah Moon has extended this initiative and personally invited many friends and contemporaries in the photographic industry to donate to the 2006 ebay auction.