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Center for Photography at Woodstock’s 32nd annual Benefit Auction is this Sunday

by Paul Smart
October 07, 2010 02:03 PM | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ruth Orkin, An American Girl in Italy, 1951
Ruth Orkin, An American Girl in Italy, 1951
It would be hard to use the term “gala” any better than the way in which the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) has taken it on to highlight its many activities this Sunday, October 10. It’s augmenting its 32nd annual Benefit Auction of Contemporary & Classic Photographs with a celebration of the hot new photo agency VII, previewing its auction exhibits here and in New York City, holding a public symposium on photojournalism these days and hosting what promises to be a fabulous dinner to boot.

The Auction itself has become known throughout the photography and arts communities as a treasure trove of the very best and most affordable finds in photography – from renowned historic masters of the field to the most exciting emerging and mid-career imagery. The event has long been a heady gathering of excited new collectors and some of the shrewdest veterans seeking to fill the missing parts of their already-established, prized collections.

Among the hot names in this year’s selection will be the likes of Berenice Abbott, Craig J. Barber, Debbie Fleming Caffrey, Bruce Davidson, Mike Disfarmer, John Dugdale, Alfred Eisenstadt, Wendy Ewald, Elijah Gowin, Henry Horenstein, Ed Kashi, Daniel Kramer, Laura Levine, Eric Lindbloom, Robert Mappelthorpe, Lisette Model, Martin Munkacsi, Arnold Newman, Gordon Parks, Platon, Josephine Sacabo, Stephen Shore, Gerald Slota, Joseph Sudek, Mayumi Terada, Phil Toledano, Roman Vishniac, Edward Weston and many many more.

Special live previews of CPW’s 2010 Benefit Auction (still visible online) took place September 29 through October 4 at the Center’s main gallery, as well as from September 24 through 26 in conjunction with the recent DUMBO Arts Festival in New York, where a reception was held a couple of weeks ago.

VII, the nine-year-old photo agency that will be honored with a CPW Vision Award this year by New York Times Magazine picture editor Kathy Ryan, derives its name from the number of founding photojournalists who formed the collectively owned agency on September 9, 2001 as “an efficient, technologically enabled distribution hub for some of the world’s finest photojournalism.” Its focus is on documenting conflict – environmental, social and political, both violent and nonviolent – to produce an unflinching record of the injustices created and experienced by people caught up in the very events that VII’s members record.

A symposium titled “Questions without Answers” will be held at CPW from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 prior to the Benefit Gala, to be moderated by collector, curator and gallerist W. M. Hunt. A concurrent exhibit of VII’s work will be open in the galleries from Thursday, October 7 through October 31, organized by Tufts University, presenting photographs from the defining events of the fall of the Berlin Wall through now.

Held for the fifth time at Woodstock’s renowned Bearsville Theater, the 2010 CPW Benefit Auction and Vision Award Reception and Ceremony will feature live music by the Perry Beekman Trio and be catered by the neighboring Bear Café. For tickets to the Gala, which include the Vision Award Reception, reserved seats at the public symposium and a complimentary catalogue and admission to CPW’s 32nd annual Benefit Auction, or information on the auction only (whose catalogue is available online), call (845) 679-9957 or visit

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