I’m delighted to offer a charity sale of three prints from the Mystery Street series, for the benefit of the New Orleans-based Youth Empowerment Project (YEP). Founded in 2004, The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is the largest non-profit organization in the Greater New Orleans region. Their mission is to engage underserved young people through community-based education, mentoring, enrichment, and employment readiness programs to help them develop skills and strengthen ties to family and community.
Taking photographs at YEP’s summer camp, as part of my series Mystery Street, gave me an in-depth understanding of the importance of their work. New Orleans is marked by very strong social inequalities, and when it comes to summer and school vacations, many children don’t have the chance to go on vacation. Through artistic and sporting activities, as well as excursions outside the city, YEP opens up new horizons for these children. My project in New Orleans brought me face to face with a number of issues — foremost among them that of representation — as part of a practice I describe as post-documentary. I think it’s important to think about positive ways of finding, in my own way, a direct payback in favour of the children with whom I carried out this project.
I’m delighted to offer for sale on my publisher’s website Chose Commune, for a limited time only — from Friday November 17 to Sunday November 26 — three prints at 100€ each, available in a 20 x 24.5cm format, in an unnumbered and unsigned edition. Out of this retail price, 20€ will be allocated to the cost of producing and packaging the prints, while the remaining 80€ will be donated in full to YEP.
It’s possible to buy one or more prints, as well as order them with the book Mystery Street. Christmas is fast approaching, and I’d like to thank you in advance for your interest and support for this charity sale.
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