FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

First-ever auction of contemporary photojournalism prints at Christie’s to be held May 15 in New York to support family of freelance photographer Anton Hammerl killed in Libya

Acclaimed photographers from around the world donate prints to honor the memory of Anton Hammerl and support his family

New York, NY – March 31, 2012 – Non-profit Friends of Anton is organizing the first auction of contemporary photojournalism prints ever held at Christie’s on May 15th 2012 in New York to raise funds for the three young children of freelance photojournalist Anton Hammerl who was killed by the Libyan regime last year.

On April 5, 2011 South African freelance photographer Anton Hammerl went missing after coming under fire from Gaddafi loyalists. For 44 days his family was told repeatedly by the Libyan regime that he was alive and well. The truth is he was left to die in the desert. A campaign is currently underway to locate and recover his remains.

2011 was one of the worst years for photojournalism with 3 deaths in addition to Anton’s, followed by yet another in 2012. Besides raising funds for Anton’s 11, 8 and 1 year-old children the evening aims to highlight the sacrifices made by photographers – particularly freelancers – who assume great risks to bring back images to agencies, magazines, publishers and readers worldwide, often with little backup.

Signed prints by some of the world’s leading photographers – including Sebastiao Salgado, Alec Soth, Christopher Anderson, Ed Kashi, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Yuri Kozyrev, Larry Fink, Lynsey Addario, Susan Meiselas, Ron Haviv, David Burnett, Joao Silva, Greg Marinovich, Samuel Aranda and Roger Ballen – will be auctioned off by Christie’s Senior Vice President Lydia Fenet.

“The upcoming ‘Friends of Anton’ auction at Christie’s is a milestone in contemporary photojournalism”, says New York-based collector Alan L. Paris, “As a collector of photojournalism, I am particularly excited because this is the first ever auction dedicated to contemporary photojournalism. The contributors are top notch, the photos are of the highest quality, the material is fresh to the marketplace, and it is all for a very good cause.”

Note to editors:
- Christie’s is located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020. Auction: 6:30pm, May 15th, 2012.
- 501c(3) Reporters Without Borders is the fiscal sponsor of this all-volunteer evening, which is organized with the generous help of Christie’s, Innovative Philanthropy and Edelman.

About Friends of Anton: Friends of Anton is a nonprofit created in memory of Anton Hammerl, a freelance photojournalist who was killed in April, 2011 by loyalist Gaddafi forces while covering the conflict in Libya. The organization seeks to raise funds for the Hammerl family and to highlight the role of photojournalists and the risks they assume fulfilling it. To learn more, please visit www.friendsofanton.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
David Brabyn
Friends of Anton
+1 917 267 8492
press@friendsofanton.org