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Famous photographers auction work for Christian Aid’s 70th anniversary

22 October 2015 - Just a few days remain to bid in an online auction for a print by one of 10 high profile photographers who have each donated an image taken on assignment for Christian Aid to mark the international development agency’s 70th anniversary.

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Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullin, Tom Stoddart and the late Tim Hetherington are amongst the photographers whose prints are up for sale.
The auction, run by Paddle8, closes on 20 November, with reserve prices starting from £500 for a signed print.  A selection of the images are from limited editions.
The images for auction can be seen at an online gallery set up at www.christianaidphotounit.zenfolio.com to raise awareness about Christian Aid’s work. The gallery contains each of the photographer’s seven favourite images from overseas assignments for Christian Aid covering 23 countries in total. Those for auction can be viewed by clicking through on the Auction tab at the top of the page.
The photographers taking part are  Sebastião Salgado, Don McCullin, Tom Stoddart, the late Tim Hetherington, Mike Goldwater, Gideon Mendal, Stuart Franklin, Chris Steele-Perkins, Olivia Arthur and Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

Joseph Cabon, senior photographic editor at Christian Aid said: “Over our 70 year history we have had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most prestigious photographers to highlight the challenges faced by poor communities around the word.  The use of ‘social documentary’ photography is a vital tool in allowing us to convey powerful messages, while maintaining the dignity of those whose stories we are trying to tell.

“These great photographers are adept at determining not only that there may be a story to be told in a place and time but also that many more stories may be discovered, seen or imagined. They are skilled at turning chaotic, disordered scenes into photographs that convey loss, heartbreak, happiness and much more. By using a sharp sense of context, the inherent movement and the tensions within a scene, photographs are made that are loaded with significance. They are small tools for changing the world.”
Speaking about his assignments with Christian Aid Sebastião Salgado said, “Christian Aid was the first institution to participate with me on my stories.  And to me it is very important, that this institution, with its moral and ethical stance, has been a very nice partner all my life long.

“It was very important because it was a very nice experience, and it opened the door, enabling me to make an incredible series of pictures that will stay with me forever.   I did a book, called Other Americas, and most of these pictures I did with Christian Aid.”

Auction bids can be placed through direct links from the relevant images on  www.christianaidphotounit.zenfolio.com to the Paddle8 website.

If you would like further information please contact Emma Wigley ewigley@christian-aid.org 020 7523 2444. 24 hourpress duty phone – 07850 242950    

Notes to editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk


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