Friends Without A Border Photography Auction…. to benefit the Angkor hospital for Children

14th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction12/04/2012

About the Auction

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, malnourished, and disfigured children. As a symbol of his gratitude for the profound 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 (Friends), a non-profit organization, was founded by Izu in 1996 to manage the project. With the help of an international board of healthcare professionals, the art community, and over 5,000 supporters worldwide, Friends opened Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in 1999.

Since its inception the art community has been a vital source of support for Friends and AHC. An integral part of this relationship has been the Friends of Friends Photography Auction, first held in 1997. In the years since, hundreds of artists and their representatives have generously donated their work to the auction, the proceeds from which directly support AHC and its many programs.

During the past fourteen years the auction has raised nearly $2 million, including $175,000 in 2010. In Cambodia, where almost half of the population lives on a little more than $1 a day, every dollar goes a very long way. We hope that this year’s event will be even more successful.

When and Where

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction, and Preview of Live Auction Lots
7:00 – 8:30 pm: Live Auction (The Silent Auction runs through the entire evening and
ends 10 minutes after the conclusion of the Live Auction.)

Metropolitan Pavilion
123 West 18th Street (between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue)
5th Floor, The Level
New York, NY 10011

Auctioneer: Nicholas Dawes, VP, Special Collections, Heritage Auctions, New York

Décor: Megumi/sono.ei, Brooklyn, NY

Hors d’oeuvres provided by: Saffron 59

All proceeds benefit Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Friends Without
A Border’s new health initiative in Luang Prabang, Laos, and other Friends programs that support high-quality healthcare for children in Southeast Asia.

Here is a link to the Live auction Prints [lot 1 to lot 31] and the silent auction ones here [ lots S33 to S 160] where Mary Durante Youtt  print

and my Phantom print shown here.

Special Print: Created for Friends Without A Border

It is our pleasure to present this limited-edition print, generously donated by Wendy Sacks on the occasion of the 15th Annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction.

The print is now available prior to the auction.

Seeing Things

Seeing Things
From the series Monsters in the Closet
by Wendy Sacks
Price $500 (tax-deductible portion $480)
Edition of 15
Pigment print
Year of work: 2012
Image size 12 x 7 7/8″ on 14 x 11″ paper,
presented in 17 x 14″ 4-ply mats
Signed and editioned by the artist in pencil on the recto
Embossed with Friends Without A Border stamp
Prints courtesy of

Artist’s Statement on the Series

A child’s ordinary bedtime routine is often times incomplete without the parent’s feigned search for the scary monsters that lurk under the bed and in the closet, accompanied by the comforting reassurance that every dark crevice is vacant of evil. All too often however, such a reassurance is not entirely true. Real monsters don’t hide in the closet. They hide at the bedside under the guise of a guardian and blur their violence or anger under the pretense of love, discipline, or trust. Monsters in the Closet depicts how child abuse is veiled from society by the fog of lies abusive parents tell to their children, themselves, and to the world.

Purchase of a special limited-edition print also includes admission to the auction, a paddle number, and a copy of the auction catalog.

For further information about the work of the photographer please visit:

Special Portfolio [Lot 32] by James Whitlow Delano
Imagining Asia: Two Decades On

A collection of ten pigment prints. Foreword by Syunichi Nishiyama, Founder and President
of Mado-sha Publishing, Tokyo, Japan. All of the prints are matted and presented in a hand-crafted double wall drop spine box, covered in elegant bookbinding cloth and foil-stamping on the cover. See link here.

Various image sizes printed on 11 5/8 x 16 1/2″ paper, matted with 16 x 20″ boards
Printed in 2012
Signed, titled, dated and editioned by the artist in pencil on the verso
Embossed with Friends Without A Border stamp on each print
Edition no. of portfolio 1/2 with artist proof prints from edition of 10, prints are edition of 25
Estimate $8,000
Donated by the artist
Portfolio courtesy of Cloverleaf Studio

Foreword to the Portfolio

Every time I see photographs, I always ponder about the neutral relationship between the artwork and its artist. I realize that, in a search for the true value, I should separate the artist from the artwork and evaluate the art purely on its own merit.

James Whitlow Delano is a photojournalist. Yet, as far as viewing the images from his portfolio and his book titled “I viaggi di Tiziano Terzani,” I cannot help thinking that he is a poet of gentle spirit who loves travel and respects people and nature deeply, more than simply a photojournalist. The photographs are certainly documents; however, his images appear to me more than simple documents. The reason why I am attracted to his photographs is because of this mysterious experience of the senses.

Scenes from remote villages and towns in Asia, monasteries and fields in confined mountains, or portraits of ordinary citizens living in harsh environments, people with hopes and innocent children, and grandiose sceneries of steep mountains; every image appears to me as if a microcosm beyond the reality or a piece of poem. From his photographs, I can even hear the sound of time, smell the scent of landscape, and see the color of people’s hearts. The agony, sadness, anger, happiness or joy of people, who spend their whole life where they were born, echoes as a quiet song. Before I know it, I am invited to a place he must have once been and drawn into another world beyond that spot.

His images make me aware that there must have been different realities than the moment the photographer captured and fixed them within a frame using his five senses. I can imagine a different setting just a few feet away to the left or right, or an entirely different atmosphere five seconds before or ten minutes after. Such imagination and association are rarely induced by documentary photographs. His images must possess a magical power to be remembered, and that is why his images are difficult to forget once you have seen them.

Upon every gaze, I get the sensation of traveling to unknown places and of experiencing something new. Jorge Luis Borges once said, “Thus, it might be said that poetry is a new experience every time. Every time I read a poem, the experience happens to occur. And that is poetry.” I experience what Borges experiences from poems through looking at James’ photographs. That is the very reason that I can’t help but think that his photographs are poems and that he is a poet.

Syunichi Nishiyama
Founder and President, Mado-sha Publishing
Tokyo, October 2012

About the Artist

Based in Tokyo, Japan, since 1993, James Whitlow Delano has photographed throughout Asia, Latin America and Africa. He balances his time between magazine assignments, projects on social issues, and creating fine-art images.

Delano is drawn to Asia because it does not turn away a stranger, who moves on instinct with a Leica camera. “I have lived several lifetimes in two decades without beginning to quench my curiosity.”

His finely-crafted black and white images have been extensively exhibited throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, and is in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Museum of Photographic Arts, La Triennale di Milano Fine Arts Museum, and Museo Fotografia Contemporanea. His work regularly appears in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, GEO, and Time, among many others. Delano has been cited with the Alfred Eisenstadt Award from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism/Life Magazine, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Leica’s Oskar Barnack, and Picture of the Year International, among others.


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