Agender launches Photographs for Peace today (19 January 2024), an affordable art print campaign for charity featuring the donated works of 31 artists. It’s raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children and runs until 2 February.
Responding to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Photographs for Peace aims to raise funds for the emergency efforts of the two well known organisations dedicated to saving lives and providing essential support for children and their caregivers.
33 Australian female artists are taking part – both prominent and emerging – spanning the worlds of fine art, travel, and documentary photography, and their prints ordinarily range in price from $200 to $7,000. Among them are photographers who have exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Portrait Gallery, as well as established photojournalists and commercial photographers, whose personal work is rarely, if ever, available to the public for purchase.
Art fans now have the opportunity to own an artwork for themselves at the very accessible price of just $70 plus shipping for an 8×10 or 8×12 inch archival quality, open edition print.
The initiative, beyond fundraising, seeks to foster solidarity and shared responsibility in a time of overwhelming hopelessness and helplessness. “The war in Gaza is harrowing. Every day, people are putting their lives on the line to save others. I hope that our work as photographers and artists can contribute, even in some small way, to two organisations that are working tirelessly on the front lines.” says photographer Alex Vaughan.
“I feel completely helpless,” says photographer Amy Woodward. “This feels like a small gesture of solidarity and support as I sit here in safety and comfort, witnessing the most abhorrent and brutal attacks on a population comprised of 50 percent children and babies. As a mother, I cannot and will not stand by and watch these horrors unfold in silence.”
Photographs for Peace launches today and every dollar raised above basic print costs and payment processing fees will be donated directly to the charities.
Agender is a platform for change and a powerful alliance for female image makers. They champion and encourage women in the photographic and motion industry in Australia, helping push for greater gender representation and equality.
Lucent Imaging, a carbon neutral fine art printing and digital imaging consultancy, has joined Agender as the official charity print partner.