Posted: Monday, October 2, 2017 – 11:17 AM
On Thursday, Milk Studios will host PHOTO17, the annual photography auction to benefit STORIES: The AIDS Monument. Rufus Wainwright will perform and Sharon Stone will serve as the event’s honorary chair.
“This Monument means love; it means hope; it means we do our part and stand against the ill will we see in the world,” Stone said.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from Photo17 benefit STORIES: The AIDS Monument and the Foundation for The AIDS Monument. The foundation is in the final phase of a $5 million fundraising campaign to build The AIDS Monument designed by Daniel Tobin of the Urban Art Projects which will be located in West Hollywood Park.
“This auction, now in its third year, attracts many of the world’s finest photographers,” said Willie Maldonado, MILK LA’s founder & partner and Co-Chair of the PHOTO17 event. “The untold loss — and untold stories of the artists, models, and fashion industry leaders cannot be measured. This is our way of bringing those stories to life, and to remember those people in an artistic way.”
The auction will feature live and silent auctions of extraordinary photographs from collectors and galleries. Past participants include Julius Shulman, Brad Elterman, Jack Pierson, Jeff Wall, Firooz Zahedi, Norman Seef, Bruce Weber, Ellen Von Unwerth, Pamela Hanson, Antonio Lopez, Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Kihende Wiley, John Divola, William Wegman, and Karen Kuehn, to name a few.
Highlights of this year’s auction include one-of-a-kind photos of Jessica Lange taken by Antonio Lopez. The photos, taken in Paris in 1978, are part of the noted fashion illustrator’s estate collection, and are not available for purchase — but have been entrusted to the Foundation for the AIDS Monument in Antonio’s memory.
This year’s auction will also feature extraordinary images of Sly Stone, Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol by Norman Seef, including those noted here. The Herb Ritts Foundation has also donated rare, signed Herb Ritts photographs.
Photo17 will include 80 silent lots and 20 live lots, with bidding available around the world via Paddle8 online bidding.
For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photo17-a-photo-auction-to-benefit-the-aids-monument-tickets-36933023668#tickets.