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Christie's to Hold First Photojournalism Auction in Honor of Anton Hammerl

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Unai Aranzadi/Friends of Anton Freelance photojournalist Anton Hammerl in Brega, Linya a few days before his death. (Freelance photojournalist Anton Hammerl in Brega, Linya a few days before his death.)

A New York auction house is getting ready for its first sale of contemporary photojournalism works.

The sale, which takes place at Christie's on Tuesday, is being held in honor of the South African photojournalist Anton Hammerl, and will include signed prints donated by Sebastião Salgado and Susan Meiselas, among other well-known photojournalists.

Hammerl, 41, disappeared while on a freelance assignment on April 5, 2011, in Brega, Libya. Journalists with him say he was shot by Moammar Gadhafi loyalists. His remains have not yet been found.

Other photographers who donated works to be sold include Alec Soth, Christopher Anderson, Ed Kashi, Yuri Kozyrev, Larry Fink, Lynsey Addario, Ron Haviv, David Burnett, Joao Silva, Bruce Davidson, Greg Marinovich, Samuel Aranda, Roger Ballen and Vincent Laforet.

CNN and ABC news anchor Christiane Amanpour will host the auction, which was organized by a non-profit called "Friends of Anton."

Proceeds from the sale will go to Hammerl's three children. The organizers hope the auction will also highlight the sacrifices made by photojournalists who put their lives in danger to report the news.

See a slideshow of works that will be auctioned off at Christie's on May 15 and check out the full catalog of works for sale here.

One of the prints donated is 'Kirkuk,' by Ed Kashi.
Ed Kashi/Friends of Anton
One of the prints donated is 'Kirkuk,' by Ed Kashi.
This Alec Soth piece is called 'Memphis, Tennessee.'
Courtesy of Alec Soth/Friends of Anton
This Alec Soth piece is called 'Memphis, Tennessee.'
This work, 'South Sudan Marching Band,' is by Andrew Burton.
Andrew Burton/Friends of Anton
This work, 'South Sudan Marching Band,' is by Andrew Burton.
Frank Fournier's shot takes its inpiration from Fire Island.
Frank Fournier/Friends of Anton
Frank Fournier's shot takes its inpiration from Fire Island.
This portrait, 'Beijing Punks,' was taken by Katherina Hesse.
Katharina Hesse/Friends of Anton
This portrait, 'Beijing Punks,' was taken by Katharina Hesse.
Larry Fink donated this work, called 'Philadelphia.'
Larry Fink/Friends of Anton
Larry Fink donated this work, called 'Philadelphia.'
Simon Roberts made this work, called 'Polyarnye Noche #9, Murmansk, Northern Russia.'
Simon Roberts/Friends of Andton
Simon Roberts made this work, called 'Polyarnye Noche #9, Murmansk, Northern Russia.'
Another work at auction by Lynsey Addario, called 'Bhutan Forest.'
Lynsey Addario/Friends of Anton
Another work at auction by Lynsey Addario, called 'Bhutan Forest.'

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