12.03.2014

FRIENDS OF FRIENDS PHOTOGRAPHY AUCTION: Special Commission • Sean Perry


Early Spring, Nishi Honganji, Kyoto
A limited-edition print by Sean Perry

...presented in a deluxe folio, a collaboration between Sean Perry; book-artists Kaoru Yoshida and Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, TX; and Friends Without A Border founder, Kenro Izu

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During a series of photography trips to Cambodia's Angkor Wat monuments, internationally acclaimed photographer Kenro Izu was deeply affected by his encounters with often ill, malnournished, and disfigured children. As a symbol of his gratitude for the profund artistic inspiration he received from Cambodia's historical treasures, Izu committed himself to building a pediatric hospital to provide desperately needed healthcare for its children...its future.

Friends Without A Border, a non-profit organization, was founded by Izu in 1996 to build and manage Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia. In 2013, Friends launched a new initiative to extend the reach of the mission to the children of Lao PDR by building and establishing Lao Friends Hospital for Children; slated to open in the spring of 2015. 
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A special limited-edition pigment print by photographer Sean Perry, was commissioned exclusively for Friends Without A Border (available for order here).

This previously unreleased image, Early Spring, Nishi Honganji, Kyoto, is from a new series of photographs Sean Perry has been making in Japan. To honor the artist's long involvement with FWAB, the print is presented in a deluxe folio, the result of a collaboration between Perry; book-artists Kaoru Yoshida and Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio, Austin, TX; and Friends Without A Border founder, Kenro Izu.

The enclosure is covered with rich Japanese book cloth and each folio includes original calligraphy by Mr. Izu in a front board recess. The print is displayed on a doublure covered with heirloom silk and is signed, titled, dated and editioned in pencil on the verso. It is held with platinum-colored ribbon corners to secure it inside, or for easy removal to frame. On the left inside cover is a double-signed and editioned limitation page, printed in letterpress with silver ink, and the back is foil-stamped with the Friends Without A Border logo.

Released in an edition of fifteen (15), plus three artist proofs, purchase of this special limited-edition print (here) also includes admission to the December 9th Auction, a paddle number, and a copy of the Auction Catalog. 

The event is an awesome display of photography, including work by Irving Penn, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Davidson, Michael Kenna, Saul Leiter, Ralph Gibson, Hiroshi Watanabe, Berenice Abbott and so many more.

For more information about the Auction and to view the Auction lots please visit the Friends Without a Border website here.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Metropolitan Pavillion, 123 W. 18th St, NYC
6 – 8:30 PM

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