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ART FOR ASSISTANTS - Fundraiser
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Art for Assistants
The sale of limited edition prints help support photo assistants
Art for Assistants is a thoughtful and timely response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This new campaign aims to turn paper and ink into financial support for photography assistants – the often-unsung heroes who work side-by-side with many of our favorite photographers, and who, like many others, have had their work and their incomes come to an abrupt halt.
Through the sale of their own limited edition prints, photographers are able to provide some financial support for their Assistants during this uncertain time.
Photo © Tim Tadder
Photographer Tim Tadder spearheaded this initiative then invited two photographers, who in better times employ assistants on a regular basis, to raise money for these recently out of work team members. One of those photographers, Shaun Fenn has been instrumental in getting the word out.
Shaun Fenn stated, “I think this is a fantastic idea, and a way for us to give back and a way for you to obtain some beautiful artwork at a reasonable price knowing you’re also doing some good for some hardworking people.”
The program requires a 100% commitment from photographers who participate. Each photographer agrees to sell a limited edition of 100, 11”x14” prints of their own work, for $100 each. They create their own Go Fund Me (https://www.gofundme.com), page and then utilizes their social media channels to get word out using the #artforassistants hashtag. The photographers cover all costs, including the printing and shipping, and pledge to give 100% of the proceeds of the sales of the prints to their Assistants (minus the 3% for Go Fund Me). They are also personally responsible for the printing and fulfillment of their prints.
Jason Lindsey, who has donated his aptly titled fine art limited edition print, “Renewal,” said, “I couldn't do my job in any way, shape or form without these assistants. They have carried gear up mountains at 2:00am for a shot, they've crawled through ice caves at 30 below temperatures. My gratitude to everyone who contributed to “Art for Assistants” is immeasurable. I’m still stunned that so many, while dealing with social and financial issues themselves through this crisis, still found it in their hearts to extend a helping hand.”
Photo © Paul Elledge
Paul Elledge added, “The Freelance assistants in our business are the backbone of everything we do. And this time, with zero production, they have zero income. It’s time for us to step up, and try to help them out. I’m selling a print from a series called “iPhone Once a Day,” which I’ve been doing for over ten years and has been exhibited internationally and domestically. Freelance assistants need our help. Please give – we are all in this together.”
Epson was instrumental in the kick-off of this project and helped provide some of the initial resources. Photographers who want to take the pledge (and are in a financial position to cover the costs to be in the program) can contact Tim Tadder’s studio for help in setting up their Go Fund Me pages and to get a list of resources for purchasing mailing tubes, glassines and shipping labels.
Photographers participating in this effort to date include:
Brian Bowen Smith
Maarten de Boer
Smallz and Raskind
Mary Ellen Matthews
Almas, Ford, Ockenfels, and Tadder have already met and exceeded their goals, and more participant photographers are added each day as this campaign gains steam.
To learn more about how you can contribute to this very important cause, please check out this Go Fund Me page, which continues to add photographers: