October 25, 2014

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

 

Music and movies mix it up with fine art photographs at this year’s Fresh Focus charity auction benefiting City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JIM MARSHALL ESTATE

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

Jim Marshall and The Beatles backstage at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Marshall was the only photographer at Candlestick Park that day. No one knew that this was going to be The Beatles’ last live concert.

“Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot” has amped up the excitement with donations of rare music, movie and fine art photography.

Five previously unreleased Beatles images captured by iconic Rock photographer Jim Marshall will be the centerpiece of this year’s annual City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts fundraiser, to be held on Sunday, October 19, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at The Old Stagecoach Ranch.

“We’re excited about this donation,” says City Hearts founder Sherry Jason. “This year’s theme is the story behind the shot—and the story behind these shots is special. Marshall was the only photographer at Candlestick Park that day. No one knew that this was going to be The Beatles’ last live concert.”

Amelia Davis, Marshall’s assistant and now guardian of his estate, has generously made this donation possible.

“Jim Marshall always supported young photographers by taking interest in their work, offering advice to improve and support the creative process,” Davis says. “City Hearts encourages youth through the arts, something Jim would have been fully behind.”

Hollywood has also come out to support City Hearts’ kids with donations from more than a dozen entertainment industry photographers. “It’s an amazing range of work,” says Jane Donaldson, Executive Director of City Hearts. “We’ve got everything from rare images of Hollywood legends shot by iconic movie stills photographers to personal fine art photography of well known cinematographers and movie/television photographers. This year Douglas Kirkland gave us a rare Audrey Hepburn; Phil Stern donated an incredible Marilyn Monroe shot; and the estate of Leigh

PHOTO BY LEIGH WIENER

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

"Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Los Angeles, June 1964," by Leigh Wiener

Wiener has donated a wonderful 1960s picture of best friends Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.”

“We’re overwhelmed by the generosity from Hollywood,” adds Jason. “Many of these photographers have told us supporting the work that City Hearts does is simply a no-brainer. Their passion for photography changed their lives—and they see how City Hearts can help change the lives of at risk children.”

PHOTO BY ROBERT ZUCKERMAN

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

"The Talmud" by Robert Zuckerman.

“What else can I do to help,” Robert Zuckerman, a former photographer who is constantly ranked among the five top artists in the world asked. “The work City Hearts does is very close to my heart,” he explains. “I’ve recently established a similar charity in Florida and hope I can reach inner city kids before it’s too late, as Sherry Jason and her incredible organization have done for almost 30 years.” Zuckerman has donated one of only nine prints to be made of a very personal photograph called The Talmud, the depiction of how he began to reconnect with his Orthodox Jewish father.

PHOTO BY WARD RUSSELL

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

“Line Leader” by Santa Fe-based photographer Ward Russel portrays the start of the ritual Deer Dance by the Ohkay Owingeh-Pueblo people. The photo will be available for sale online (fresh-focus-2014.squarespace.com) and on Oct. 19 at the Old Canyon Ranch in Topanga to benefit City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts.

“As photographers, we see the world differently,” says Santa Fe-based Ward Russell. “And we want to bring what we see to the world. Often, to get the shot, it takes a lot of patience and the gentle building of relationships. It took me a long while to gain the trust of the Ohkay Owingeh so that they would allow me to be the only photographers to shoot their ritual Deer Dance. I hope my images like Line Leader will help educate people about the beauty and ritual of these indigenous people, and that my contribution will help City Hearts continue to reach out to children and help them learn about patience, relationships and the beauty in the world around them.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBIN BECKER

Fresh Focus 2014: The Story Behind the Shot—Photo Auction, Raffle, Oct. 19

"Paris Journey" by Robin Becker.

“Many fine art photographers who have donated work include Brian Nieman and Raul Vega (both instructors in the City Hearts Student photography programs), as well as the Messenger’s own Katie Dalsemer,” says Donaldson. “So have Topanga residents James Chressanthis, Robin Becker, Paul Schefz, Alex Hoffman and former resident Felice Willat.”

“This year’s Fresh Focus 2014 is going to be very different,” she adds enthusiastically. “Not only will all the photographs donated be seen on our special Fresh Focus website (fresh-focus-2014.squarespace.com), as well as through an online auction site, they will be featured at a special kick-off event (date to be announced) leading up to October 19. This way, more people will be able to bid on the wonderful range of work available.”

Those attending the October 19 event will have a chance to participate in a raffle. This year’s prizes range from GoPro cameras to Tiffen camera bags as well as photography books from a number of photographers including David Maisel, Dave Friedman, Walter Rosenblum, Leigh Wiener, Ralph Nelson and actor Jeff Bridges.

“This year’s event will feature food by Pedalers’ Fork and Sam’s By the Beach, as well as live music. It promises to be an exciting afternoon, not only bringing new art to photography collectors but, ultimately, to raise money to maintain the free classes in Shakespeare, dance, music and photography that nurture and inspire at-risk children before it is too late,” concludes Donaldson.

To buy tickets (look for early bird discount), view photographs, check for event updates and online bidding: fresh-focus-2014.squarespace.com."

City Hearts (cityhearts.org)—For more than 29 years, City Hearts programs have been that very special place for children to grow, experience the Arts, and learn skills that help motivate and enhance school involvement, community engagement, and a sense of caring and compassion for their local and the global communities while encouraging and inspiring children to reach their full potential. Founded in 1984 by Juvenile Court Public Defenders Bob and Sherry Jason, City Hearts has provided unique training and experiences in the Arts to more than 30,000 children since our inception. “We believe that intervention and prevention are key elements to nurturing our children to become creative, compassionate and responsible young adults,” Sherry Jason said. To learn more go to City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts: cityhearts.org.