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Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 1998. Photograph by Lois Conner

I will have a print along with over 60 other photographers in the Wa Photography Auction being held at 25CPW this coming Thursday.  The event is to raise money to help rebuild communities devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in March.  100% of funds raised will go to benefit Architecture for Humanity. From the Wa website:

The donated auction prints follow the theme of 和 (Wa). This ancient name for Japan also describes a cultural concept which underpins much of Japanese society. It has no direct translation in English, though the closest term that could be applied would be the idea of ‘Harmony’.  We are pleased to feature prints from a diverse range of photographers who have interpreted this theme in a variety of ways and provided us with a unique collection.

25CPW has partnered with Nuru Projects and Sombra Projects, with contributions from Magnum Foundation, The International Center of Photography, and Friends Without a Border.  Also there will be music from Koto player Yumi Kurosawa, American folk band Thomas Wesley Stern and Japanese cuisine from Blue Ribbon with liquid refreshment from Sapporo and Ito En.  For more information on participating artists, and to purchase tickets, please visit Wa Photography Auction.

April 21, 2011 6-9pm

25CPW, 25 Central Park West, NYC

Advance tickets $20 – http://tiny.cc/waauction

Untitled, 2010. Photograph by Yo Imae.

Tokyo, 2010. Photograph by Yasu Kojima.

Old Fashioned Diplomacy 13, 2011. Photograph by Bill Westheimer

Habitats, 2006. Photograph by Chiho Bangert.

Untitled from the series, Riding the Dog, 2009. Photograph by Brendon Stuart.

Under the Williamsburg Bridge., 1997. Photograph by Greg Miller.

Charlotte Ave., 2008.

Charlotte Ave., 2008.

My good friend Lois, photographs with a 7″x 17″ banquet camera.  We went on a road trip together once where we noticed the readout on the digital clock in her truck read 7:17.  After that, it seemed that we began looking at the clock precisely at 7:17 throughout the trip.  It got a little spooky.  And it doesn’t seem to work on 8:10, 4:05, or 1:35 let’s say.  There is something kind of magical or lucky about 7:17.  Perhaps because it occurs in the golden light of the summer twice a day in the morning and evening.  As nerdy as that may all sound, it stuck.  And it has become tradition every July 17th, for Lois’s friends to call her and wish her a happy July 17th on what we now affectionately call her name day.

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