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“The vogue for digital photography is a constructive development that, for the most part, enhances our experience of art. First, there is the eye factor. A visitor who photographs van Gogh’s “Starry Night” echoes, however wanly or casually, the basic mission of visual art: to celebrate the act of looking. When you gaze through a lens, you are likely to consider the world more deeply. You frame space and take note of composition, the curve of a line, the play of light and shadow. As the photographer Dorothea Lange noted, “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
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PERPIGNAN, France — A 13th-century church is a fitting location for the exhibition of war photographs by Don McCullin, a man intent on paying public penance. Most photographers would be proud of the honors and accolades showered on Mr. McCullin at Perpignan’s Visa Pour l’Image festival this week.

Instead, he recoiled in shame, as if the words had wounded him.

#SANDY is a book of iPhone Photos of Hurricane Sandy by acclaimed photographers to be published by Daylight Books in October 2014. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to Occupy Sandy to support their rebuilding efforts in the New York City area.

Last October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in the New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas. In response, Foley Gallery and photographer Wyatt Gallery organized an exhibition of iPhone photographs of the storm by acclaimed documentary and fine art photographers. Hundreds of people attended the one night event and almost 400 photographs were purchased. We were able to donate $19,000 in sales to Occupy Sandy and Third Wave Volunteers.

As the first year anniversary approaches, many residents are still struggling to regain normal living conditions. In order to remind the public that people are still in need of assistance and to raise money to support rebuilding efforts, we are producing this groundbreaking book.

Photographers featured in the book are:

Benjamin Lowy
Stephen Wilkes
Ed Kashi
Richard Renaldi
Hank Willis Thomas
Lyle Owerko
Wyatt Gallery
Ruddy Roye
Michael Christopher Brown
Giles Clarke
Andrew Quilty
Craig Wetherby
Erica Simone
13th Witness
Sam Horine
Yosra El-Essawy
Stanley Lumax
Nicole Sweet
Dylan Chandler
Brent Bartley

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People talk about image fatigued when it comes to images of conflict. And I’m one of them…loads of photographers become a cliche and it gets very hard to related to such tried and tested images of War, Conflict – guys with guns. I believe photos like this engage and communicate a hell of a lot more and if I were a conflict photographer I would spend my days focused on the human adaption to war creating story after story on the periphery. Capa and his ‘close enough’ tag is often interpreted to getting in there and following guys with guns …I reckon, as the late Tim Heatherington said – to witness is not enough anymore – and for me, with the use of multimedia, or at the very least audio slides shows a way to go about documenting whats happening to tell a truthful story is to be close enough to the periphery.

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