Anti-racism print sale raises funds to support Black communities in the UK
Launching today, the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser sells £100 prints by leading international photographers in support of three UK charities
A newly launched photography fundraiser to support three Black British organisations and charities has drawn the participation of more than 100 photographers from around the world.
The Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser has invited photographers across multiple generations to contribute images from their archives. Participants include Neil Kenlock, a leading documentarian of Black Britain; Meryl Meisler, chronicler of 1970s New York; artist and ardent campaigner Wolfgang Tillmans; Magnum photographers Martin Parr and Alec Soth; GmbH co-founder Benjamin Alexander Huseby; fashion lensman Mario Sorrenti; and the estates of Arlene Gottfried and Corinne Day.
Younger talents also abound, among them the rapidly ascendant Dominican-American photographer Renell Medrano; famed self-portraitist Alana O’Herlihy; Kyle Weeks, known for challenging the portrayal of African communities in the West; Arielle Bobb-Willis, with her rainbow-hued surrealist portraiture; and Alice Mann, Wallpaper* contributor and winner of the Grand Prix du Jury at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography last year. And while the contributors skew European and American, there are notable participants from other continents too: such as Nigeria’s Daniel Obasi and Stephen Tayo, Japan’s Fish Zhang and Monika Mogi, reflecting the global resonance of the fundraiser’s objectives.
Each print sells for £100, with proceeds minus production and shipping costs going towards The Black Curriculum, a social enterprise that delivers Black British history through the arts; Black Minds Matter, which makes mental health topics relevant and accessible to Black Britons; and Exist Loudly, an organisation for queer Black young people.
While the organisers have opted for a UK focus in belief that racism is a deeply-rooted British issue, they also hope their initiative will find a wider audience and invite action to address racial inequities in all its forms. ‘As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to lead the fight for equality, the decision to operate under the banner of anti-racism is a call for the creative world, and the world at large, to fight racism everywhere it exists, while empowering the organisations and charities already doing this work,’ they explain.
The Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser will run for three weeks. It is among a wave of print sales raising funds to support the movement. Other initiatives include See in Black, and the recently concluded Freedom Fundraiser by The Earth Issue. §