A
photograph of the late photographer with Marlon Brando on the set of
“Apocalypse Now” will be the  key
photograph of an auction benefitting the children’s arts charity.


Los
Angeles—City Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Art Auction, slated
for November 1st at The Leica Gallery in West Hollywood, will
include a special tribute to the late photographer Mary Ellen Mark. A rare
photograph of Mark with actor Marlon Brando on the set of the film Apocalypse Now, shot by Stefani Kong Uhler, will be the key photograph in the
event’s auction. Proceeds from Fresh Focus 2015 will benefit City Hearts, a non-profit
organization whose mission is to transform the lives of L.A’s most underserved
and at-risk children through the arts.
This year, City
Hearts’ 4th Annual Fresh Focus Art Auction will be juried and feature the work
of a host of fine art and celebrity photographers, including Jeff Bridges, Doug
Kirkland, Herb Ritts, George Hurrell, Kim-Gottlieb Walker, Eli Reed, Anthony
Friedkin, Julia Dean, Michael Semaan, Nicola Goode and Steve Banks, among many
others. High-profile Members of the American Society of Cinematographers such
as Richard Crudo, Russell Carpenter, David Darby, James Chressanthis, and
Vilmos Zsigmond have donated still photography from their gallery showings.
Mark,
who died in May, was one of the most accomplished photographers and
photojournalists of her generation. Her work appeared in Life, Rolling Stone,
The New Yorker, The New York Times and many other publications, and has been
exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide. Her many accolades included three
Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and three fellowships from the National
Endowment for the Arts.

Stefani Kong
Uhler’s photographer of Mark and Brando was taken when the two women were
working as photographers assigned to Francis Ford Coppola’s tumultuous film
production. The shot was made at the end of the day after Mark had finished her
own session with Brando. Mark appears supremely satisfied and content, the
actor tamed and giving.

“Mary Ellen Mark
was everything people have attributed to her: a magnificent photographer and a
soulful human,” says Kong Uhler. “She brought us worlds with great sensitivity
and precision. She will be deeply missed.”

Raised in Beverly Hills, Kong Uhler began
her career with a letter to Marlon Brando, asking to join the production of Missouri Breaks. She became the actor’s
personal photographer and worked with him on several films. She went on to
photograph many other Hollywood personalities and movie sets, as well as numerous
other subjects ranging from acclaimed scientists to local gangs. Her work has
been featured in People, Rolling Stone, Paris Match and many other
publications. She is currently working on Heartbeat,
a limited edition of photographs from 1975-1985, and a book.

Kong Uhler decided to share this very
private photograph as part of the Fresh Focus 2015 auction because of  her respect and admiration for the
organization’s work with inner city youth. “City Hearts brings essential skills
to young people and a new way to access and express their world and lives,”
says Kong Uhler. “There is nothing greater than giving children the tools for
self-expression.”

About
City Hearts
CITY HEARTS: For over 30 years, www.cityhearts.org
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 over 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. 
City Hearts is southern California’s pre-eminent Arts education outreach
organization.

Fresh Focus: A New Shot at Life, City
Hearts’ Photography program, encourages students to shoot with cameras – not
guns. “We teach our students to evaluate their lives and community with a
critical eye so that they may, in turn, educate others about their world and
tell their ‘story behind the shot’,” Jason explains.

What:   City Hearts: 4th Annual Fresh Focus Photo
Auction
When:  Sunday, November 1, 2015. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00
p.m.
Where:                The Leica Gallery, 8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Tickets
and information:
www.cityhearts.org
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