Closing November 30, the first edition of the initiative co-led by Nancy Rohde and Elizabeth Norris features over 150 photographic prints from today’s game-changing photographers, available to purchase for £125 each with all proceeds going to War Child UK
Launched on October 3 and open until November 30, the first Dust Off photographic print sale saw founders Nancy Rohde and Elizabeth Norris join forces with Artistry’s Art Director Katharina Uhe on the curation of a collection comprising more than 150 images from a number of era-defining image-makers, whether emerging or already established in the creative industry.
A collaboration between Dust Off, INK Retouch, Chroma Center, and The Lab Copenhagen — which assisted Rohde and Norris with the realisation of the 8x11inches prints now on sale for £125 each as part of the fundraiser — the debut edition of the project presents potential buyers with “highly collectible pieces from a diverse collective of exceptional photographers”: from legends such as David Sims and Tim Walker to visionary newcomers including Malick Bodian and Amber Pinkerton.
Leveraging the power of the photographic medium “to raise awareness and fundraise for global humanitarian causes”, in this first print sale Dust Off partnered with youth-focused charity War Child UK, “a non-profit organisation that protects, advocates and stands up for the rights of children living through conflict across the world, from Afghanistan to Ukraine”, to which will go all proceeds from the ongoing initiative.
Discover some of the prints available to purchase through eight of Nancy Rohde and Elizabeth Norris’ curator picks, and follow groundbreaking photographer Martin Parr and acclaimed stylist Alistair Mackie as they reflect on their favourite images from the fundraiser.
NR, EN: This Edinburgh scene is a for us is about childhood freedom, about a carefree life and the wild abandon of hanging out with your mates when you are young. The spirit of these kids, despite maybe not living in the most easy circumstances, resonates back at you. It seems to us the perfect illustration as to why we are doing this fundraiser for War Child UK.
NR, EN: Tim’s images are so iconic, his work reverberates with so many people, probably because his work is so highly narrative. This work is a classic of his meticulously composed style: beautifully arranged flowers sit on a well-worn glove that speaks of hours spent in the garden.
NR, EN: We adore the textures in this special image, what’s not to love about a series of repeating fungi? We see Tom's quintessentially beautiful colours capturing delicate form in this photographic study of natural wonder. Toms’ colours are always so pleasing. Looking though Ben’s archive of photography you can see he has always held a special relationship with nature. Having only met him once, several years ago, but during the meeting he memorably shared the most wonderful series of personal images of Bonsai Trees. We hope he publishes those one day.
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NR, EN: This Trinidadian photographer has produced an image which conveys such ease, or is it exhaustion? The negative space above her head and the cross to her right suggests a higher being. Is she is exhausted by the spirit of God? On some levels it makes you feel slightly intrusive, but at the same time privileged, to enter her space. It’s a deeply calming image.
NR, EN: To have Nadav Kander included in our selection was a major coup. He is a colossus of the photographic world. The image he gave us is so simple, serene and just so beautiful. It speaks volumes about the history of photography and to where it has come to.
NR, EN: Malick’s work has a quiet sensitivity to it which is so appealing, just like the man himself. This image, which with its rigorous dissection speaks of a longing to break loose. The sky and the sea are always so emblematic of desire to dream about what could be and what can be and this small figure cavorting in the corner kind of steers you towards a bolt for freedom.
NR, EN: This scene of everyday life in Naples immerses us in the lives of its occupants. Sam Gregg describes his work as work as character-driven social realism and that is definitely what drives this image: we get a genuine slice of this vibrant city as we join Sam, as the quiet and respectful observer, of the Neapolitan way.
NR, EN: Casper’s work always delves into the underground, this is what we love about his work: never vulgar but always on the edge. His references are always spot on. The classic nude is such an enduring image in photography but how Casper manages to subvert that classical iconography in a fresh, modern way is what makes this image really special.
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