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Fine photos aid Japanese reconstruction

A chance to snap up fine photograph prints – and support Architecture for Humanity’s projects in Japan

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Fine photos aid Japanese reconstruction

Image: William Mackrell, 1000 Candles

August 04 2011
Sibéal Pounder

It may appear an unlikely pairing – one a quietly cool London gallery dedicated to photographic art, the other an internationally renowned not-for-profit architectural firm – but the Hotshoe Gallery and Architecture for Humanity are very much an item this month. It’s all in the name of For Japan, a one-night-only art auction (on Friday August 5) to benefit reconstruction projects in and around Sendai, Japan.

The 100 works due to feature in the sale were whittled down from more than 500 entries in response to the brief set by the Hotshoe Gallery – “evoke and celebrate Japanese culture” – and include Chelsea College of Art graduate William Mackrell’s 1000 Candles (first picture; a still of what was formerly a video work of 1,000 tea lights glowing in a perfect circle – fittingly reminiscent of the Japanese flag design) alongside works from the likes of Japanese photographer Ryo Fujimoto (second picture) and Hungarian artist Ákos Czigány (third picture) .

All the photographs are C-type prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, come framed, and can be snapped up for potentially little over the initial £50 reserves. All proceeds will support Architecture for Humanity’s projects, which include constructing an orphanage and art and music therapy centre and rebuilding a small fishing village.