An Auction of Fantastic Photos for Charity

Nestled deep within the cavernous confines of the PhotoShelter offices are a few individuals and small businesses who co-inhabit the space. One of these people happens to be a photographic agent — Keiko Shimizu of Keiko Represents (more on what a photographic agent actually does in a future post).

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Keiko was hauling in some mighty fine photography into the office, and as it turns out, she was helping to organize a charity auction of some pretty bad-ass photographers from around the world like Barron Claiborne, Carlton Davis, Christian Witkin, Cleo Sullivan, Diego Uchitel, Michael Thompson, Torkil Gudnason and more! The money from the auction is going to help children in both the Phillipines and Haiti. One Image Charity was also co-founded by my high-school classmate John Kunichika (former creative director at Bergdorf Goodman) and Stephan Moskovic from

So make a bid before time runs out.


Notorious B.I.G. “Tonz of Gunz” From the dead famous Negro series 1997
Photo by Barron Claiborne

Barron took a “normal” photo of Biggie Smalls, and then did one of those photo composites using a bunch of pictures of guns. I love it when you call me big papa.

PhotoShelter-friend Andrew Hetherington donated his famous cow photo that was on the cover of PDN magazine. In case you don’t know, he also maintains an entertaining blog.

Moo Cow 2002
Photo by Andrew Hetherington

I’m going to bid on this next beauty. I’m not sure why I like it so much, but I do. So I’m encourgaing you not to big on it, and instead, leaf it for me. Get it?


In the style of Kevin German’s Steve the Chicken, we have Federico Farias’ piece entitled “Mi Gallo,” which my poor Spanish skills lead me to believe means “My Rooster.” It would have been funny if it was entitled “Esteban, el Gallo” but no such luck.


Mi Gallo 1996 – Signed & Dated on Verso
Photo by Federico Farias

In the world of fashion, there are few names bigger than Michael Thompson.

60’s Portrait
Photo by Michael Thompson

And when I say big, I’m talking about the print too, which measures 40″ x 50″.


Untitled 2008 – Signed & Dated on Verso
Photo by Jens Umbach

I like this one too. And now that I think about it, maybe I really just like the color green despite having spent most of my life thinking that blue was my favorite color. Who knows. At any rate, there are many more fantastic photographs to bid on. So do it for the kids.

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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

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