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Preview: Top photographers donate prints for Haggerston fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 14:59 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:49 05 November 2018

Prints from photographers like Roland Ramanan's Girl with Rings will be randomly allocated to guests on the night. Picture: Roland Ramanan

Prints from photographers like Roland Ramanan's Girl with Rings will be randomly allocated to guests on the night. Picture: Roland Ramanan

Copyright 2011 Roland Ramanan

A crop of renowned photographers have donated prints to the Photo Kindness Project – an event also featuring comedy and live music which will raise funds for the Childhood First charity.

A photograph captured by curator Emma Marshall of Ana, a journalist, on the Central Line. Picture: Emma MarshallA photograph captured by curator Emma Marshall of Ana, a journalist, on the Central Line. Picture: Emma Marshall

Those with tickets to the event, which takes place in Haggerston a week on Saturday, will take home a free print courtesy of one of the photographers exhibiting. Prints will be allocated to guests on a random basis and revealed at the start of the evening.

Event organiser Emma Marshall had the idea for the Photo Kindness Project after learning about the work of the charity, which offers care, education and treatment for young people in desperate need.

“I’ve been very moved by the work that Childhood First do,” she says.

“It’s really incredible, they give some of society’s most vulnerable kids a chance to be happy and realise their potential.

Image courtesy of Chris King, another of the photographers to donate a print in aid of the Childhood First charityImage courtesy of Chris King, another of the photographers to donate a print in aid of the Childhood First charity

“My initial idea was to get the community to do something creative for an amazing cause. As a photographer myself, I was inspired to see if I could rally the photography community to do something.”

As it turns out, Marshall’s attempts to ‘rally’ local photographers has gone down brilliantly. A line-up of around 45 have signed up to take part, with a mix of established snappers and emerging talents contributing their work to the cause.

Some of the highlights from the line-up curated by Marshall include Stuart Franklin and Chris Steele-Perkins – both part of the esteemed Magnum Agency – as well as the Hackney-based documentary photographer Mimi Mollica. Whoever is allocated Gavin Li’s Richard will go home with a print which has been shortlisted for the British Journal of Photography’s Portrait of Britain.

“The idea is that everyone buying a ticket will be randomly allocated a print, it’s kind of like a raffle,” adds Marshall.

Desert Doubles by Emma MarshallDesert Doubles by Emma Marshall

“We’ll have some of the works on show as well. It’s really exciting – we’ve got so many people contributing images, I am really blown away by people’s generosity and their willingness to get involved. It has become a real community project.”

Although photography is no doubt the headline act, the Photo Kindness Project is also a great place to catch some comedy and live music.

Five stand-ups are so far confirmed alongside compere Logan Murray – Joe Wells, Delea Shand, Joey Page, Adam Flood and Doug Segal – and there’s to be tunes from singer-songwriter Karin Fransson and an acoustic set from Hackney band We Used To Make Things in the second half.

Marshall is grateful to event sponsor The Print Space, who ignored her requests for a discount and instead offered to print all of the donated images for free.

Hackney-based, award-winning Mimi Mollica will also be donating a print. Picture: Mimi MollicaHackney-based, award-winning Mimi Mollica will also be donating a print. Picture: Mimi Mollica

“The photographers have been really supportive. When you hear about the work that the charity does and how they can positively effect their outcomes and chances, everyone just said: ‘hell yeah, what can I do (to help)?’

“This is for anybody who appreciates photography. At £45, most of the prints involved are worth more than the cost of the ticket. The event is also for anyone who enjoys a laugh, some music and a good community atmosphere. They can feel like they are part of something.”

The Photo Kindness Project is at Centre 151, Haggerston, E2 8BL on Saturday November 17 (7.30pm-11pm). Tickets are £45 and can be bought here.

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